Why Prince Louis is allowed to bypass a very significant royal tradition


Prince Louis looks puzzled in the car
Prince Louis has bypassed a certain royal tradition
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Prince Louis has been able to bypass a long-standing tradition followed by his older brother, Prince George, and his father, Prince William. 

Prince Louis is the first royal son to bypass the royal tradition of wearing shorts.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's youngest son has sparked conversation among royal circles as he has worn trousers, rather than shorts, during his last two appearances.

By comparison, his brother Prince George was dressed in shorts until he transitioned into trousers whilst acting as a Page Boy at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018, aged five. 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte have traditionally worn 'old-fashioned clothes'.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive for a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016

Prince George wore shorts for much longer 

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According to Etiquette expert, William Hanson, the transition from shorts to trousers marks a milestone in aristocracy. 

He told Harper's Bazaar, "Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England.

“Although times are slowly changing, a pair of trousers on a young boy is considered quite middle class — quite suburban.

"And no self-respecting aristo or royal would want to be considered suburban.”

Trooping the Colour Prince Charles, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlot, Prince Louis

Prince Louis wore shorts in his first year 

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But this break in tradition is a sign that Duchess Catherine is fluid and flexible when it comes to raising her children in the modern world.

After all, despite his royal roots, Prince Louis is just like any other two-year-old.

And, the Duchess recently revealed, does not understand the concept of social distancing amid the global pandemic.

She revealed, "Louis doesn't understand social distancing.

"So he goes out wanting to cuddle everything, particularly any babies younger than him."

Georgia Farquharson

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