There's a sweet reason Prince George was smiling in the royal wedding portrait

Royals kids—they’re just like us.

Photo: Alex Lubomirski

One day, he will be king and have castles, Bentleys and (hopefully) a flock of Corgis at his disposal. But for now, all Prince George wants is some Smarties.

As dedicated royal watchers might know, George’s go-to expression is mildly P.O.’d concern. Where his little sister smiles and waves, George frowns (as any four-year-old has every right to do when a bunch of cameras are up in his face). That’s why we were happily surprised to see George baring allllll of his teeth in the official royal wedding portraits released by Kensington Palace earlier this week. The key to George’s heart, it turns out, is not that different to ours: sweet, sweet sugar.

Princess Charlotte waving in a white dress at the royal wedding Prince George and Princess Charlotte steal the show at the royal weddingAccording to photographer Alexi Lubomirski, a.k.a. the guy who shot all Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding photographs, George and the rest of the tiny tot bridal crew were bribed throughout the day with handfuls of the candy-coated chocolate delights.*

“I’ve been asked by everybody, ‘How did you control the kids?’ And as we were setting up the big family shots, and I was placing The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Majesty onto their chairs, I could hear the kids started crying in the background and there was some chaos,” Lubomirski  told People. “And then I heard this magic word behind me that was Smarties, which is obviously an English Candy, much like M&Ms, and they were being bribed with one Smartie here and one Smartie there. So as soon as the kids came onto the set, I immediately just shouted out, ‘Who likes Smarties?’, and then everybody hands up, smiles, even some of the adults I think put their hands up.”

And, according to royal expert Omid Scobie, the promise of Smarties was enough to elicit that gleeful grin from the usually solemn little Prince George during the formal portrait sesh after the ceremony at St George’s Chapel. (Prince Harry looks like he wouldn’t say no to a few Smarties either, TBH.)

We recognize that slightly crazed look on George’s face because it’s the look we were sporting on Saturday—although in our case, the sugar high was from mimosas, scones and jam.

Sweet treats aside, there could be one more reason George was so delighted. The royal wedding marked his first official outing in actual trousers, and I mean, who wouldn’t be excited to wear something besides shorts and knee socks for once in their life? Getting that chilly breeze off your kneecaps is a total game changer, right G?

* Smarties are superior to M&M’s in every way. This is a fact.

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