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Prince Louis only Royal who has been allowed to break ‘shorts’ rule

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As the younger generations of the Royal Family grow up, the traditional "rules" they're expected to follow in their everyday lives tend to bend a little to accommodate modern culture.

This is definitely a contrast to older generations' rule-keeping, as they've typically stuck to all royal traditions.

Prince Louis, the youngest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton has recently bypassed a long-standing tradition that his older brother Prince George and his father followed when they were younger.

Of course, this isn't down to the two-year-old's personal decision and will likely be one that was made by the Cambridges.

New pictures of Louis appear to confirm that mother Kate, 39, and father William, 38, have decided to dress the young royal as they please, despite being quite strict when it came to dressing their other children.

Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, five, have always worn rather "old-fashioned" clothing rather than dressing like the majority of children their age, and George was always seen donning a pair of shorts during any public appearance.

Wearing shorts is actually a "silent class marker" according to a royal expert, and Louis being spotted twice wearing trousers at public appearances is a sign of the Cambridges sticking it to the rules.

The Duke and Duchess' decision to bypass the age-old tradition has sparked conversation among those in royal circles, who are shocked that the parents – who have typically followed royal protocol religiously – decided to go against the grain.

Etiquette expert William Hanson explained that shorts are always worn by younger boys, before transitioning to trousers as they hit a certain age.

For Prince George, it was at his uncle Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2015, when he was five.

Hanson said to Harper's Bazaar: "Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England.

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

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Kate and William's decision to dress their youngest child in this "suburban" manner hasn't gone down well with Hanson, who added that "no self-respecting aristo or royal would want to be considered suburban."

However, this break in royal tradition is definitely a sign the Cambridges have a flexible and modern approach to raising her children, which is a refreshing outlook.

And at the end of the day, Prince Louis is just like any normal two-year-old, just with a lot more money, responsibility and well, a royal title.

The Duchess also recently told a funny anecdote about the young prince, who according to his mum has no concept of social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She revealed, "Louis doesn't understand social distancing.

"So he goes out wanting to cuddle everything, particularly any babies younger than him."

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