The Cambridges prefer to stick to tradition when it comes to children’s clothing. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are known for their adorable, timeless children’s clothing, but astute royal fans will notice that many of their adorable looks are hand-me-downs.
From sporting styles seen on dad Prince William (or uncle Prince Harry) to passing down pieces from sibling to sibling, the Cambridge children have been seen wearing the same outfits over and over.
The two princes have also been spotted wearing outfits similar to those worn by their father, preserving royal traditions even if the exact garments have not survived.
Below, we take a look back at 10 royal outfits that were so nice, the littlest Cambridges wore them twice.
Trooping the Colour romper: Prince William (1984) and Prince George (2015)
One of the most symbolic royal re-wears occurred in June 2015, during Prince George’s first Trooping the Colour.
The future king, who was nearly two years old at the time, was brought out on the Buckingham Palace balcony wearing the same outfit Prince William wore for his Trooping the Colour debut in 1984.
The Duke of Cambridge, like his father, Prince Charles, wore his bright red, regalia-covered uniform as he held George on the balcony.
Christening gown: Prince William (1982) and all three Cambridge kids
The gorgeous silk and lace christening gown that babies in the family wear on their special day is one royal outfit that is reused time and time again. The original piece, designed for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s first child, Princess Victoria, was worn by royal babies for an incredible 163 years before being deemed too delicate to continue use.
While Prince William wore the original gown for his christening in 1982, an exact replica was made for future royal generations, and George, Charlotte, and Louis all wore the new version.
Blue cardigan: Prince George (2015) and Princess Charlotte (2016)
When Prince George and his proud father went to see newborn Princess Charlotte in the hospital, they coordinated in shades of blue, and a year later, little Charlotte re-wore her big brother’s sweater when the Cambridge family went on a royal tour of Canada.
Red-and-white shorts set: Prince William (1984) and Prince George (2015)
Prince William, 2, wore a sweet white top with red embroidery and matching red shorts to meet his new baby brother, Prince Harry, in the hospital. In July 2015, little Prince George wore an almost identical outfit to his baby sister’s christening.
While the red shorts were new, and the prince’s white top differed slightly (there was no red embroidery trimming the buttons down the front), the overall look was strikingly similar to his father’s.
White sleeper: Princess Charlotte (2015) and Prince Louis (2018)
The Duchess of Cambridge took some special portraits of her children when they were born, and royal fans may notice that Princess Charlotte’s knit white sleeper, which she wore shortly after her birth in 2015, is the same one Prince Louis wore three years later for his own close-up.
Blue sweater: Prince George (2016) and Prince Louis (2020)
Prince George wore a sweet blue polo-style sweater when his family visited Canada in 2016, and the piece reappeared four years later when little brother Louis met Sir David Attenborough in 2020.
Red shoes: Prince Harry (1986) and Princess Charlotte (2017)
Princess Charlotte donned Uncle Harry’s old shoes during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2017 tour of Poland and Germany. The red leather Mary Janes were worn by the toddler 31 years after her uncle wore them to pet a bunny at the Highgrove estate in 1986; talk about quality craftsmanship.
Blue-and-white shorts set: Prince Willam (1984) and Prince George (2018)
When Prince Louis had his special day in 2018, it was another christening outfit recreation for George.
While Prince William wore light blue shorts and a crisp white shirt with blue piping to Prince Harry’s christening in 1984, George wore a very similar outfit from childrenswear label Amaia Kids, but in a darker navy blue, to his own brother’s christening.
Trooping the Colour shorts set: Prince Harry (1986) and Prince Louis, (2019)
Prince Harry’s childhood clothes made another appearance on Prince Louis in 2019. Little Harry wore a white shirt with blue embroidery and matching shorts for his second Trooping the Colour balcony appearance in 1986, and Louis continued the tradition in 2019 by wearing the vintage outfit.
Sailor suit: Prince William (1985) and Prince Louis (2022)
During the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Prince Louis stole the show with his funny faces, but one detail royal watchers may have missed was that his outfit came straight from his father’s closet.
During the 1985 parade, Prince William wore a light blue sailor suit with white and navy trim, and Louis brought it back for his first appearance in the carriage procession in 2022.