Matching Mum and Dad: Prince George and Princess Charlotte look adorable in traditional childrenswear at Trooping the Colour

Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Trooping the Colour today
Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Trooping the Colour today Credit: Getty

Was it ever in any doubt? Prince George and Princess Charlotte appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace this afternoon as the royal family celebrated The Queen's official birthday with the Trooping the Colour parade- and they looked adorable.  

As the royal tots have grown up in the public eye, their parents- the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge- have been careful to protect the youngsters, but always ensure that for the appearences which they do carry out, George and Charlotte are impeccably turned out. 

And how better to project a pristine family front than to dress as a co-ordinated foursome? 

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The matching Cambridge family Credit:  Mark Cuthbert

As ever, George and Charlotte were outfitted in traditional children's looks today, designed to look as neatly sweet now as they would have done when their grandfather, Prince Charles was a child.

Prince George, who will turn four next month, was dressed in a cream pintucked short sleeve shirt with burgundy trim which was tucked into a pair of brown shorts. A pair of smart dark red braces completed the look and added a uniform feel, reflecting the military regalia which his father was wearing behind him as the family gathered on the balcony. 

Meanwhile, Princess Charlotte's smocked, ditsy-print dress with ruffle collar was reminiscent of those she has been dressed in previously. Today's dress is as yet unidentified but it is similar to styles by Pepa and co. and M&H- both childrenswear labels which base their designs on Spanish traditions of dressing children in beautifully classic pieces. The two-year old's outfit was finished with a pair of burgundy t-bar shoes, though to be the 29 euro 'Mercedita Suela' style by Dona Carmen, another Spanish brand. 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte at The Queen's birthday parade. Credit: EPA

By sticking to a rather vibrant colour palette of red and pink, the Cambridge quartet stood out on the Buckingham Palace balcony amongst other members of the royal family.  

Last year, the link with royal kids' style of the past was underlined when Prince George appeared on the balcony following Trooping the Colour wearing a pale blue and white outfit which had first been worn by his Dad at the christening of Prince Harry in 1984. In 2015, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took the same tact, choosing a blue romper suit for George which William had worn for Trooping the Colour in 1984. 

George and Charlotte looking adorable Credit: Mark Cuthber

Perhaps George has now grown out of his Dad's hand me-downs? Or maybe it has been decided that the sailor suit- which William wore for Trooping the Colour in 1985 would be a retro step too far?

With projections predicting that George and Charlotte will be worth £2.4 billion and £3.2 billion respectively to the UK economy during their lifetimes, the royal toddler's style choices have naturally sparked sell-outs and sales spikes for the brands they have worn.

Kate has a word with her son Credit: DMC

“They have chosen a very traditional look and are a traditional family,” Rachel Riley, the childrenswear designer behind mnay of Prince George's outfits, has told The Telegraph. “We have been doing very similar things for 18 years in that our collection is classic. The reason why I design clothes that way is because if they wear very simple things, it’s about the child, and it’s timeless in that you can’t really date a specific photo or put them in something that seems out of date. I think they are going for clothing that is classic and timeless, rather than clothes that draw attention to them.”

Prince George wearing hand-me-downs at last year's parade Credit: EPA

When George turned three, the Duchess of Cambridge offered a glimpse into the little Prince's everyday look by releasing a picture of his wearing a striped t-shirt by Sunuva. So, while parents the world over might be rushing to emulate Prince George and Princess Charlotte's classic look, it's worth remembering that within hours- if not minutes- of today's appearence, they were probably back in brightly coloured modern kidswear larking about with their young relatives in the sun.