Prince George had quite an adventure today when his parents took him to the Royal International Air Tattoo. (Scroll down for shorts update.)
This was the first time George has accompanied his parents on an official engagement in the UK.
The Prince arrived at the air show with his parents around noon.
The Air Tattoo is the world’s largest military air show, staged on behalf of the RAF Charitable Trust.
This is the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadets. Kate is the group’s Honorary Air Commandant.
Initially all the noise and activity seemed a little overwhelming for the Prince.
Putting on his ‘ear defenders’ seemed to help and it looked like he quickly adapted to the goings on.
He also needed a lift up so he could see everything.
George got to sit inside an RAF Squirrel helicopter, the same aircraft his father flew when on duty in the RAF.
Kate has previously said that George loves airplanes, that he is ‘obsessed’ with them. Today he seemed to know about helicopters; Simon Perry has more in this People story:
“I imagine his father has told him about helicopters, so he knew what that was called and kept saying, ‘tail rotor.’ It was good to see his technical knowledge! Some training going on early!” Flight Lieutenant Jim Hobkirk tells PEOPLE.
Here you see the Prince being helped into one of the renowned RAF Red Arrow jets.
Such a little guy in such a big plane!
George and his parents exiting the Australian Air Force KC-30A transport seen above.
George met some of the pilots and support personnel, here he’s listening to Red Arrows Squadron Leader David Montenegro.
The Prince was even given his very own Air Cadets 75th Anniversary piggy bank.
Kate had George in comfortable clothes for an afternoon outdoors at an airfield.
UPDATE JUL 9: George was wearing ear muffs/ear defenders by Baby Banz, an Australian company. They are available in the USA at Amazon for $28.99.
The Prince wore a pair of Trotter’s ‘Nantucket’ shoes from the Hampton Canvas Collection.
The shoe is a traditional t-bar style in cotton canvas with a rubber sole, it can go in the washing machine when needed. (£15, about $20 at today’s exchange rates.)
UPDATE JULY 19: With thanks to Bojana Mojsova, it looks like George wore the Gap Solid Flat Front Shorts. Here’s a comparison of the front. (I have digitally lightened the photos of George in the shorts to better show details.)
The color is ‘deep true navy’ and the style has a button-through tab pocket on the back right, and a welt pocket on the back left.
The front pockets are lined in an off white fabric. The shorts are 100% cotton, machine washable with a concealed adjustable waist. They originally retailed for $26.95; they’re now on sale for $16.99.
Thank you Bojana!
George was in the Mayoral belt we saw him wearing at a June polo match last year. The belt came with the shorts he is seen wearing at that polo match. It was big on George a year ago, and if you noticed today, there’s still plenty of room to grow.
We saw the Prince in another classic white polo shirt. Update: As of July 19 we continue to hunt for the shirt.
All in all it looked like the Cambridges thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the air show.
And Prince George gave it his seal of approval with a thumbs-up.
We leave you with this 2:30 story from the BBC.
- Learn more about the RAF Air Cadets at the group’s website here; its Facebook page is here and Twitter feed here
- The International Air Tattoo website is here; the Facebook page is here and Twitter feed here
- The Mirror’s story is here; The Telegraph’s story is here; The Daily Mail’s photo laden story is here;
- Simon Perry’s People magazine story is here