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Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge loves dressing up her daughter, Charlotte, with adorable accessories to go along with her outfit, as the young royal is often seen donning delicate hair bows and matching shoes to finish off her look.

Charlotte’s trademark pieces often sell out, or are later replicated, with the three-year-old having major influence in the children’s fashion market.

However, royal fans have been quick to notice that Charlotte is only ever seen wearing smock dresses during royal engagements.

The reason for her choice of outfit is down to tradition, following in the footsteps of royals throughout centuries, little girls are only seen wearing dresses during engagements which spans even before the Victorian times.

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Royal expert and founder of Royal Musings blog, Marlene Koenig told Hello Magazine that all young royal girls have only worn dresses out in public, so they have a “clean, traditional look”.

She said: “If you look at photos of young royal girls – from Princess Anne to Princess Charlotte, you will notice that they tend to wear smocked dresses as little girls when they are in public with their parents – getting dressed up in a clean, traditional look.”

However, this does not mean that Charlotte is not allowed to wear trousers, but instead, wears dresses to follow royal formalities – which is why Kate is often also seen wearing dresses.

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Ms Koenig added: “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, 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.”

Princess Charlotte was born on 2 May 2015, and is fourth-in-line to the throne after her older brother, Prince George.

George is often seen wearing shorts to engagements, which is also down to royal tradition, according to a royal etiquette expert.

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Wearing shorts shows that one is a member of the upper class British elite, and as third-in-line to the throne, George must uphold such class distinctions.

Etiquette expert William Hanson told Harper’s 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.

“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. Even the Duchess of Cambridge.”

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