English royal family and sailor suits for little boys
QUEEN VICTORIA STARTS A FASHION
In 1846, Queen Victoria had a sailor suit made for her eldest son, Albert, who would one day become King Edward VII. She had it modeled on the uniforms worn by the sailors on the royal yacht, Osborne. The little boy looked so cute that soon all the little princes were wearing the outfit and Albert’s children and grandchildren would all wear sailor outfits.
VICTORIA WITH GRANDCHILDREN
NANNY WITH PRINCE GEORGE'S CHILDREN
POPULAR WITH PUBLIC
The uniform is typically made of sturdy, white fabric with dark blue trimming. The boy would also wear a cloth or straw hat. The color wasn’t that practical but the suits were pretty tough.
Anything the royal family did was news and that suit became practically a uniform for little boys from about the 1850’s onward. This was actually an improvement on what little boys used to wear, many boys wore dresses for several years. The suits allowed for more active play and were reasonably neat.
DUKE OF WINDSOR AS CHILD
Sailor suits go in and out of fashion in both the royal family and with the general public. Prince William wore a sailor suit as an attendant at his uncle Andrew’s wedding when he was a little boy. Sailor suits for little boys are still a popular look for little boys and girls in both England and other parts of the world. The outfits are still cute for children and the look has also been adopted by women's fashions.