Savannah Phillips pushes Prince George down a hill

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However, there was one element of the Sunday summer scene which seemed out of place: Prince George, 4, was spotted wielding a rather realistic toy gun.

The duchess proved her savvy shopping skills yet again today, stepping out in a relatively affordable Zara dress alongside Prince George and Princess Charlotte to watch Prince William compete for the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy. Her chestnut locks were partially pulled back by a pair of sunglasses atop her head, while a simple silver watch and her sparkling engagement ring elevated the casual weekend look. He and Kate also spent time playing with a rainbow slinky.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte cheered on their dad, Prince William, at a polo match Sunday.

Savannah, who has a younger sister Isla, appeared unimpressed by Prince George's chatter and singing and so she put her hand over his mouth to shut him up.

While other royal family members such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex share information through Kensington Palace's Instagram and Twitter accounts, Princess Eugenie is free to post away to her 207,000 followers.

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But pictures from the day depicting George brandishing a toy gun cast a shadow on an otherwise happy day. "This looks far too real", someone else wrote.

The royals' casual outing came just one day after they played a formal role at Trooping the Colour, the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 92nd birthday.

Many took to social media to criticize the royals' toy choice given the increase of gun violence.

The choice to allow children to play with toy guns is "intensely personal", says Deborah Gilboa, MD, a parenting and youth development expert.

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