Kate Middleton is a fashion icon and is often looked at for inspiration. She has been behind numerous fashion trends to sweep the nation in recent years. The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William tied the knot in a lavish wedding ceremony held at Westminster Abbey in 2011. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have three children together, including the adorable Princess Charlotte.
The young royal has been a tremendous hit with the nation, and is often at the centre of media attention.
In fact, on numerous occasions, the little Princess has started fashion trends just like her mother, but royal fans have been quick to notice Charlotte has never been spotted wearing one thing; trousers. Has Kate banned her from them?
Princess Charlotte has never been seen in public wearing shorts or trousers.
While many energetic little girls might wear leggings to run around in or frilly shorts in the summer to play in, Kate chooses to only dress her daughter in dresses.
So, are female royals forbidden from wearing trousers? Or is it a personal choice on behalf of the Duchess?
According to one royal expert, it is not forbidden for female royals to wear trousers or shorts, and for all the public knows, Charlotte may very well still wear them behind closed doors.
Royal Musings blog founder Marlene Koenig told BAZAAR.com: “There are no rules about no pants. If the Duchess is in a dress in public and Charlotte is with her, most likely Charlotte, at this age, will be in a dress – also in formal portraits, or on the balcony for the Trooping of the Colour.
“I expect that when the kids are at home, playing in the nursery or in the backyard, they are wearing more casual clothes.”
While there is no rule about wearing trousers per se, it does seem that traditionally for young female royals to be dressed in dresses.
Marlene said: “If you look at photos of young royal girls – from Princess Anne to Charlotte, you will notice that they tend to wear smocked dresses as little girls when they are in public with their parents.”
On the other hand, whether teaming them with knee-high socks or going casual with some tiny Crocs, little Prince George is rarely photographed out and about without a pair of shorts.
Etiquette expert William Hanson explained to Harpers Bazaar: “It’s a very English thing to dress a young boy in shorts.
“Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England.
In fact, Prince George, up until recently was only permitted to wear shorts, however, now that he is older he is permitted to wear trousers, he was even allowed to be photographed on the family’s annual Christmas card wearing trousers, breaking royal protocol.
This isn’t the first time that George’s parents have decided to break protocol.
There’s one thing that Duke and Duchess have thoroughly decided to ditch from their two boys wardrobe.
“A newborn boy would be typically dressed in a gown for their first year or two,” says Hanson, “and then he was ‘breeched’ and wore articles of clothing that more resembled shorts or trousers than dresses.
“The usual custom is that a boy graduates to trousers around eight years old.”