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The British Monarchy, were, once upon a time, beacons of sartorial elegance, and, in some cases, dandy's of the highest order; Henry VIII immediately springs to mind. And, others, fashion pioneers; Edward VII, The Prince of Wales is lauded with being responsible for styles that we are still wearing to this day: trouser creases and turn-ups, the notched waistcoat with unfastened bottom button are still considered de rigueur - The Prince of Wales even had a cloth named after him for goodness sake!
And whilst I have long since been a fan of Edward VII's son, Edward VIII, whose relaxed jib cut a dash regardless the occasion - his golfing attire a particular favourite of mine - since the great abdicator left us to fight WWII all alone, the succeeding Prince of Wales also left a gaping chasm in the sartorial stakes. With perhaps one exception; HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
Born in Bucks, it transpires, and not Kent - much to my chagrin, though I take some pride in his being my Home County's monarch - the Prince has style, and lots of it!
Like his uncle Edward VIII, and, moreover, great grandfather Edward VII, Prince Michael always cuts a dash. Typically seen looking resplendent in double breasted suits and blazers with a generous lapel; both framing and complimenting his broad shoulders and his trademark, epic beard!
He is always immaculately turned-out and pays attention to detail; one need only look at his huge tie knot to appreciate the flamboyance of the man. And the trademark beard has never gone out of fashion on this style icon - in the words of Michael Caine: if you wear something for long enough, it will come back into fashion.
Bristol's local tailor has long since been a fan of the double breasted suit, but there is something so regal about the DB in chalk stripe and I believe that there are certain cloths which lend themselves to the old rear guard of men's style: dog tooth, herringbone to name but a few.
And so I leave you with this amazing image, taken by Allan Warren, of the British Monarch's beacon of hope, resplendent in chalk stripe DB: HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
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