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Royal fans have investigated why Prince George, shorts enthusiast, never wears full-length trousers; but what about his little sister Princess Charlotte? The three-year-old is always seen wearing dresses—often floral babydoll frocks—on public appearances with her family.

Charlotte’s aunt Meghan Markle caused a buzz with wearing suits, and her mom Kate Middleton has worn pants before; even her great-grandmother the Queen has been spotted wearing trousers. Can the royal toddler, who’s fourth in line for the throne, take a break from dresses too?

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Childrenswear designer Rachel Riley, who’s dressed Prince George, revealed that Charlotte is dressed in dresses to avoid looking “out of date,” she previously told The Telegraph, which Mirror pointed out this week.

“If you look at photos of young royal girls – from Princess Anne to Charlotte, you will notice that they tend to wear smocked dresses as little girls when they are in public with their parents,” royal expert and Royal Musings blog founder Marlene Koenig explains to Young female royals often get dressed up in “a clean, traditional look,” she added.

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Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie wearing dresses in 1991
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Princess Anne wearing a dress 1958
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There’s no official royal ban against pants for Princess Charlotte, just like there isn’t one for Meghan Markle. “There are no rules about no pants. 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, or on the balcony for the Trooping of the Colour,” Koenig adds.

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“I expect that when the kids are at home, playing in the nursery or in the backyard, they are wearing more casual clothes,” Koenig explains. Indeed, Princess Charlotte was once spotted wearing shorts while playing with George and their nanny back in 2016, which wasn’t an official public appearance.

But what about the Queen’s preference? Does Her Majesty get to dictate her great-grandkids’ wardrobes? “The queen has no say in what Charlotte wears,” Koenig says, but the tots always do go for “Sunday’s best in public.”

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.