There is a moment in the first season of “the crownWhen actor Matt Smith, as Queen Elizabeth II’s permanent consort, is extremely concerned about the limitations of his job. With tetanus severe enough to cause anxiety over his molars, Sir Smith portrays the Duke of Edinburgh (whom the Queen will not make a prince until five years after her accession to the throne) As the arch-complainant, a man sees twentieth-century monarchy as little more than a “coat of paint” on a crumbling empire.
Smith, who plays the man who will become Prince Philip, says: “If the costumes are big enough, if the crowns are sparkling enough, if the nicknames are not reasonable enough, and if the myths are not sufficiently understood, then it must be.” All is well”. And as it turned out, the text got it right. Prince Philip, who passed away at the age of 99 on April 9, Maybe she is wrapped in a cloak of dramatic nonsense to become a character in the hit Netflix series. However, the role, as it is written, is rooted in an unwavering truth.
Prince Philip was reputable, stubborn, known to be rude (and often in public, misogynistic and racist), he was also a model for the corporate man. By the time he stepped down from his official royal duties in August 2017, he had spent seven decades working obediently at the company, a term for the royal family attributed to the Queen’s father, King George VI. Fulfilling job requirements for which there is no set standard, unless a second role is considered a job description, the Prince has encountered 22,219 single public bindings over the course of his long life. In doing so, he has passed the company’s toughest dress code for over 65 years.
The brief was clear from the start: The Queen’s consort must be impeccable yet humble, flawless in style without drawing your attention away from one of the richest, and certainly most famous, women on Earth. If the clothes that Queen Elizabeth II wore in public were designed to meet programmatic requirements – bright colors and noble hats to make this little human being easy to spot; Symbolically charged jewelry (Japanese pearl necklace, Burmese sapphire crown, Obama brooch!); Symbols and metaphors were embroidered on her gowns – those of Prince Philip were designed to keep him inconspicuous.
As a garment horse, he had some natural advantages of course.
“He was amazingly good looking, tall and athletic,” said Nick Sullivan, Creative Director of Esquire. “It doesn’t cause any harm when it comes to dressing up.”
On top of that, there was a string of confident and tagged options. For decades, John N. Kent making Prince suits for him, a Saville Row craftsman who began his tailoring training at the age of fifteen. John Loeb Maker. In the delicately folded white handkerchief, Prince Philip who used to put it in his chest pocket (it was another in his pants) can be seen in stark contrast to the stunning silk puff preferred by his eldest son.
Unlike other royals whose tastes lend themselves to expensive jewelery and luxury Swiss watches, Prince Philip usually wore a “regular watch with a brown leather strap,” as The Independent once reported, and a copper bracelet meant to relieve arthritis. He left his large hands devoid of jewelry and almost trimmed.
If he looked better in sportswear, it was because he was a true athlete, captain of both cricket and hockey teams at boarding school in Scotland, a polo player over his forties, and an active participant in international coaching competitions until late in his life.
He was also the only member of the company’s inner circle before Meghan Markle who was born abroad. This may also have given him an edge in the style because it is often true that outsiders can bring a new look to the established traditions of tailoring, in order to revitalize and improve it. (It took the Japanese explaining denim to the Americans and Neapolitanians to demonstrate to the English how to master the English style.)
Search online and you won’t find a picture of Prince Philip committing a reckless manner. There is never a new bow tie or a funny hat. In that respect, and aside from mandatory state events, there is little to the comic operetta loved by Prince Philip’s uncle, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl of Mountbatten of Burma – no braiding, no frog, no scarves or fringed and gilded epaulettes.
Perhaps the paradox in Prince Philip’s life is that, as husband to a queen and father to a future king, he was necessary to power despite his insignificance to her actions. He often jokingly criticized himself as “the one who unveils the most metal plates in the world”. However, it was probably in this role that he did his best work for the family business, as a glimpse of this elegant and shy man was the closest the British could ever come to the reality of the feeble kings and their refined grandeur. In this sense, Prince Philip was not “dressed” in any traditional way as much as he was equipped for that purpose.