Controversy over Prince George with toy gun

Members of the Royal Family at Trooping The Colour 2018

Kate took two out of three of the little royals to the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club to raise funds for the Royal Marsden cancer hospital and Centrepoint, a homelessness charity. This was Prince George, Princess Charlotte and mum Kate Middleton's first public appearance since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

The royal family is taking some heat as photos of Prince George playing with a toy gun on Sunday sparked a heated debate on social media.

Guns play a large role in the British tradition, particularly Royal Gun Salutes, which are considered a "sign of respect" at various functions, such as the birthdays of the Queen, George, and Charlotte, according to the official website of the monarchy. "This looks far too real".

George, dressed in beige shorts and a navy t-shirt, was pictured playing with a toy gun, toy knife and handcuffs.

Princess Charlotte in particular, already known for her impeccable and charming foreign diplomacy skills despite her young age, proved to be the star of the show with some playful antics.

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM- JUNE 09  Prince Andrew Duke of York and Queen Elizabeth II stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9
Prince Andrew posed inside Buckingham Palace

Charlotte, 3, wearing a pink sundress and adorable sunnies, was spotted running around barefoot on the field with her brother and practising her tumbles.

Prince Louis, who was born in April, was not with his older siblings at the polo match.

A video, which has since turned into a royal meme, has surfaced showing his cousin Savannah Phillips (daughter of Zara Phillips) putting her hand over Prince George's mouth during the balcony photo opportunity.

People took to Twitter to express their disappointment, saying that it's "insensitive" considering some countries have serious problems with gun violence.

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