Prince George Celebrated His Birthday by Ditching His Signature Socks

And animal rights activists are furious.

Prince George looks unsurprisingly similar to his dear old dad.
(Photo: Matt Porteous/PA)
Prince George posing with family dog Lupo was surprisingly controversial.
(Photo: Matt Porteous/PA)
An outfit change.
(Photo: Matt Porteous/PA)
Prince George poses.
(Photo: Matt Porteous/PA)

Prince George celebrated his third birthday by posing without his signature look. Long gone were the knee socks royal revelers had grown to expect, and precious embroidery was nowhere in sight. He discarded his familiar preppy ensembles for a much more mature look, trading in all-white for nautical stripes and navy shorts that were almost, but not quite, denim. After all, the future King of England would never be spotted in jorts.

In the series, posted on Twitter, Matt Porteous documents Prince George posing at The Duke and Duchess’s home in Norfolk. One picture catches Prince George posing with the family dog, Lupo, offering a reminder of the Queen and her corgis and dorgis. However, the snapshot in question became surprisingly controversial when animal rights activists complained he was feeding the pup chocolate ice cream, clearly ignoring the fact that it was absolutely adorable.

Say goodbye to tiny buckle shoes (he seems to have traded them in for more of a slip-on sneaker) and all white collared shirts that only a royal could keep clean while swinging, eating ice cream and playing with a pup. This new and improved Prince George is ready for the playground. Princess Charlotte will have to make up for his stylistic evolution with her (or her mother’s, more likely) penchant for all things ruffled and pink. While the world might miss Prince George’s traditional ensembles, this new Prince George is leaving the terrible twos in style, with no tantrum in sight.