Strange royal rule Prince George followed that Prince Louis isn't

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

As members of the Royal Family there are many rules and protocols Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, will have to follow, even while they're still young children.

However, it seems Prince Louis has escaped one of the rules Prince George followed rather strictly when he was younger.

It seems Prince Louis has gotten away without following a royal rule that Prince George followed quite strictly. Photo: Matt Porteous
It seems Prince Louis has gotten away without following a royal rule that Prince George followed quite strictly. Photo: Matt Porteous

It was also a rule that both Prince William and Prince Harry followed while they were young children.

You may recall, when George was a toddler, he was rarely seen wearing long pants and was mostly dressed in shorts. Even if it was cold, in which case he'd wear a pair of long socks.

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On Christmas Day in 2016, George was seen leaving church wearing a long coat with shorts and socks underneath.

While on tour in Canada with his parents and sister, George once again wore shorts and to keep warm he wore a jumper.

Despite the freezing temperatures on Christmas Day in 2016, Prince George was seen leaving church in shorts and long socks. Photo: Getty
Despite the freezing temperatures on Christmas Day in 2016, Prince George was seen leaving church in shorts and long socks. Photo: Getty

However, Louis has been spotted wearing pants on the red carpet at a special pantomime performance of The National Lotterys Pantoland recently and again in the official Christmas card released by Prince William and Kate Middleton.

When William and Harry were kids there was a time when William was allowed to move into wearing long pants, while Harry still wore shorts.

Louis has recently been spotted wearing pants on the red carpet at a special pantomime performance of The National Lotterys Pantoland recently and again in the official Christmas card released by Prince William and Kate Middleton. Photo: Getty
Louis has recently been spotted wearing pants on the red carpet at a special pantomime performance of The National Lotterys Pantoland recently and again in the official Christmas card released by Prince William and Kate Middleton. Photo: Getty

Etiquette expert William Hanson has previously spoken to Harper's Bazaar about the reason this has always been a tradition.

He revealed it's a class marker and upper class boys usually graduate to wearing trousers from shorts at about age eight.

"It's a very English thing to dress a young boy in shorts," he said. Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England.

While attending a wedding in 1989, Prince William was allowed to wear pants, while Harry wore shorts and long socks. Photo: Getty
While attending a wedding in 1989, Prince William was allowed to wear pants, while Harry wore shorts and long socks. Photo: Getty

"Although times are (slowly) changing, a pair of trousers on a young boy is considered quite middle class – quite suburban.”

Many situations where Louis has been seen wearing pants have been more relaxed family situations, which could mean the family prefer to take a more casual approach when it comes to protocol at home.

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