On Wednesday, the royal family descended upon Buckingham Palace for a Christmas luncheon hosted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
Photographers were on hand to capture the arrival of several family members, including the now-disgraced Prince Andrew.
However, it is this snap of Prince William and George that is generating the most buzz online.
The Duke of Cambridge was seen arriving at the palace behind the wheel of his vehicle with his eldest son Prince George sitting next to him in the front seat.
Royal watchers took to social media to question whether allowing a 6-year-old to sit in the front passenger seat was not only safe, but legal.
“What was Prince George doing in the front seat of his father’s car arriving at Buckingham Palace today?” one person tweeted. “Too young, should be in the back.”
“Don’t like seeing a child that young in the front seat of the car,” another person commented.
“Maybe it’s just b/c I am a mom and that America laws may be different then what Prince William & Kate Middleton countries laws are but doesn’t it seem really unsafe for Prince George to be riding in the front seat of a car at this age?” another concerned citizen wrote.
Source confirms the front seat is legal
A source revealed Prince George was in a booster seat, as per U.K. car seat laws, which require any child under the age of 12 and shorter than 135 cm tall (4 feet 5 inches) to “use an appropriate child restraint when travelling in the front seat of a car, van or other goods vehicle.”
The images of the young royal were a surprise for many, given Australian laws forbid a child younger than 7 to travel in the front seat of a car.
There are however certain exemptions many are not aware of.
Australian laws mandate that a child between the ages of 4-7 must not use the front seat unless all of the other seats are occupied by passengers who are also less than 7 years old, or there is no other available seat the child could sit in in the rest of the car.
In other words, if there is really no option but the front exemptions may be made, but as a rule, the safest bet is to keep your precious cargo in the back.
Princess Charlotte and Prince George however, arrived separately with their mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and were seated in the back seat. Following the luncheon, the Cambridge family left together with all three children in the back seat.
Meanwhile another member of the royal family, Prince Phillip has sparked concern after being hospitalised in London this morning over a ‘pre-existing’ condition.
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