There are so many things that we love about the holidays. The general mood of everyone. The giving spirit. The decorations. But the list of things that we love more than the royal holiday card is truly a short one.
That's right: It's that time of year, and as is tradition, the royal family of the United Kingdom is starting to release their Christmas cards. This year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge used a portrait of their happy little family taken by photographer Chris Jackson.
But something about Prince George has gotten people talking...
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The image features on Their Royal Highnesses' Christmas card this year. The photograph was taken earlier this year by @ChrisJack_Getty at Kensington Palace. pic.twitter.com/p8jm6zDfl0— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 18, 2017
Yes, those are formal shorts. And yes, they're adorable and an especially brave choice, considering the weather.
Social media found it pretty adorable — albeit, slightly puzzling — as you could likely imagine.
That was my first thought too!— KtoS (@K2thebizA) December 18, 2017
His left shoe is slipping off. He is adorable 💕💕— Lisa Bisogne (@LBisogne) December 18, 2017
A wonderul holiday family picture from a great family. All the best from my family to yours. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!— Jeno Horvath (@SFLLCoach) December 18, 2017
OMGOMGOMFOMFJSJSJSJSKSJSJ SUCH A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY 😭😭😭😍😍😍— Kate Middleton Fans (@RoyallyKate) December 18, 2017
While we're on the topic of Prince George's shorts, by the way, we should mention that this is far more than a sartorial choice by the little guy — it's a long standing tradition for little boys to skip pants (as one person put it, little dudes in the UK don't wear "trousers" until they are men, and they explained that lots of people likely have the school uniform to prove it). And it turns out she's totally right: “It’s a very English thing to dress a young boy in shorts,” British etiquette expert William Hanson told Harper's Bazaar UK. “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. And no self-respecting aristo or royal would want to be considered suburban.”
Lol it’s traditional for boys to not wear trousers until they are men, have a look at your old primary school uniform 😂😂— Lauren (@Lozz_ahh) December 18, 2017
How adorable are they?????— MsJWit (@MrsJWit) December 18, 2017
And next year there will be 1 more! 👨👩👧👦🤱— American Tour Guide (@AmericanLDN) December 18, 2017
So sweet family portrait! Children look so adorable! Wish you a Merry Christmas and gorgeous New Year!— Pauline (@Vaverka88) December 18, 2017
omg little cuties <3333— Sarah Manavis (@sarahmanavis) December 18, 2017
What a beautiful family!!!! I love them so much 😭😭😭❤❤❤❤❤— The Cambridges (@loveforcambridg) December 18, 2017