Morning Dress at the Diamond Jubilee

(The Toronto Star | Toby Melville / Reuters)

Britain once again displayed its impressive penchant for pageantry at the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee last weekend.  The Queen’s sons and grandsons also reminded the world how to dress in a manner truly befitting a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

Black waistcoats seemed to be the order of the day for the male Royals seen here at the service of thanksgiving. ( | Matt Cardy/Getty Images Europe)

Prince Edward and his family arrive for the service of thanksgiving. (The Toronto Star | David Moir / Reuters)

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception at Guildhall ( | Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe)

Prince Harry rocking the top hat. (The Toronto Star | Stefan Wermuth / Reuters)

Prince Harry watching the final celebration from the Buckingham Palace balcony. ( | AFP)

Prince Charles looking every inch the future king ( | Bauer Griffin)

For details of morning dress attire and etiquette see the Morning Dress page of the Black Tie Guide or the much more comprehensive Morning Dress Guide.


  1. Steve Anderson

    I would find it of interest to have an elaboration to the gentlemen dress. In consideration of the event, Is a two color shirt appropriate on Harry? Charles, specifically, what is he wearing?I thought the pocket square on William looked ‘pre-made’ and not in keeping with the exceptional level established by his Dad or the polished ‘look’ of Kate.

    1. Peter Marshall

      I’ve added a link at the end of the post for further details on morning dress.

  2. Joe Zasada (@joezasada)

    The winchester shirts add a nice touch of colour, with the white collar keeping the ‘formal’ appearance.

  3. Anonymous

    The open coat makes me sick. Prince Edward is the perfect example, in an attempt to look modern and fashionable, he makes it look like an ordinary cape. If it was designed to close, keep it that way!

    1. Anon

      The real problem is that his sleeves are cut too low, causing the jacket to rise with his arms.

    2. Charles Henry Wolfenbloode

      You are wrong. It is correct to wear the coat open or closed and has been the case since the morning coat was invented. It is merely a matter of preference.

  4. Axel

    I’ve seen Charles in that rather nice edged Morning coat and waistcoat before. Very classy and the white slip is a nice touch.


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