|The Duke of York was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the 11th Hussars on 19th October 1920. The apointment may well have been compensation for the loss of their previous Colonel-in-Chief, Prince Wilhelm due to having fought a war with his father. This painting, by Simon Elwes was painted in 1936, the year that Edward VIII abdicated so that the Duke was declared King. |
The uniform here is the levee dress which differs from full dress in that the breeches are of thinner material and tight-fitting. The stripe down the side of the breeches is a single strip of gold gimp. The black hessian boots are patent leather with built-in wrinkles and gold gimp round the top edge as well as the gold boss. The dramatic cloak is dark blue with a crimsom collar which does not show up clearly here.
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