Prince Louis joined his brother and sister in a carriage for today’s Trooping the Colour.
Unlike Prince George, however, the youngest Wales’s child wore a bright red pair of shorts, a white shirt, matching red tie, suit jacket and navy socks.
Louis is no stranger to stepping out in a pair of shorts for an official public engagement. Ealier this year, for Easter Sunday service, he wore a bright blue pair of shorts, and at Christmastime, for the Royal Family’s Christmas Day church service, he stepped out in a pair of shorts underneath his winter coat.
As for why he wears shorts but Prince George doesn’t, etiquette expert William Hanson explained: “It’s a very English thing to dress a young boy in shorts.”
The tradition of boys wearing shorts apparently dates back as far as the 16th century.
William added: “Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England.”
According to the expert, while it’s more common for boys to wear trousers now, it’s still considered “quite middle class – quite suburban” and “no self-respecting aristo or royal would want to be considered suburban”, he told Harpers Bazaar.
More to follow…