At any wedding, all eyes are on one person - the bride - and that's as it should be. But When the wedding brings together a plethora of famous and well-loved players, it’s hard to decide who the most notable person is. In the case of the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle, there was so much to take in. There were Hollywood celebrities, stars from the music and sports worlds, and, of course, the rest of the Royals.
But among all the glitz and glamour, all the fame and fortune, it was a couple of pint-sized royals that caught our eye and stole our hearts. I’m speaking, of course, about Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. The two little darlings were members of bride (and now Auntie) Meghan’s entourage, serving as page boy and bridesmaid, respectively.
Sweet Charlotte and her dynamic personality captured attention as she bestowed her now-expected royal waves upon the crowds. Still adorable, but also something we’ve seen before.
But it was Prince George’s appearance that raised eyebrows for those who are in the know. But not everyone caught the big difference in the future King, especially those in the U.S. Did you spot it?
Yes, he looked so grown up, and many in the media have pointed that out. But did you stop for a moment and consider WHY he looked so grown up? The answer is so simple and it was right before our eyes the whole time.
If you think back, you’ll realize that he has never appeared in full trousers before! That’s right! All 'elite' Brits dress their male children in short pants, so the fact that the lads in the bridal party wore full-length trousers breaks with long-held tradition in not only the Royal Family but also in all upper-class families in the U.K.
According to The Sun, “For the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the little prince donned a custom-made uniform by Saville Row tailors Dege & Skinner. His outfit was the miniature version of the uniform worn by dad Prince William and his uncle Prince Harry, which were inspired by their former regiment Blues and Royals.
“While George may have ditched his shorts temporarily, an etiquette expert revealed why we are unlikely to see him in trousers again anytime soon. William Hanson explained that trousers are considered too ‘middle class and suburban’ for the elite."
Hanson said the dress code harkens back to historic traditions that state ‘shorts are for little boys, trousers are for men.’
Although it was a real treat to see the little prince all decked out in such regal finery, we are cautioned to not get used to it. It's unlikely that we will see him again in anything but short pants for another three or four years.
Don’t feel bad if you didn’t spot it. After all, in the U.S., it’s more common to dress our little ones according to the weather, so long pants are seen on children once the temperatures begin to dip in the fall and remain covering their little legs until the first warm breezes stir in the Spring.
I wonder if Meghan intentionally requested this to bring a bit of her American tradition to the celebration. Perhaps, and time will tell just how much influence Harry’s American bride will have on the evolution of royal traditions and protocol. I hope the Queen is ready for this spitfire of a granddaughter-in-law!
To take a look back on some the adorable outfits Prince George has worn, watch the video, below.