HRH The Duke of York, 1936

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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