Love Royal Costumes and the history of the British royal family? Then this documentary programme from the BBC will be right up your street. Tales from the Royal Wardrobe with Lucy Worsley has been posted on the ‘tube by some crafty sod, and it features some interesting details on how the fashions of the day shaped the world of the monarchs.
Today, few people’s clothes attract as much attention as the royal family, but this is not a modern-day Hello magazine-inspired obsession. As Dr Lucy Worsley reveals, it has always been this way. Exploring the royal wardrobes of our kings and queens over the last 400 years, Lucy shows this isn’t just a public preoccupation, but our monarchs’ as well. From Elizabeth I to our present queen, Lucy believes that the royal wardrobe’s significance goes way beyond the cut and colour of the clothing and that royal fashion is and has always been regarded as their personal statement to their people. So most monarchs have carefully choreographed every aspect of their wardrobe and, for those who have not, there have sometimes been calamitous consequences.