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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds SALLY: Our sartorial journey has seen the lavish Tudors at Hampton Court Palace, the performance-loving Stuarts at Banqueting House, the magnificent Georgians, industrious Victorians, and modern Windsors at Kensington Palace. We’ve explored how British Royals over the past 400 years have used fashion and space to portray status, power, and personality, and how royal fashion and clothing both reflects and influences wider society.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 seconds We’ve also seen how the relationship between fashion and royalty has evolved over the centuries. Who knows where it will go next. [CLASSICAL MUSIC]

Wrapping up

As we’ve moved into the 21st century, there is still much about royal fashion that resonates with previous reigns, from the Crown Jewels, which are still held at the Tower of London, to dressing diplomatically.

Some things, though, would be completely unrecognisable to monarchs of the past. Social media in particular has changed how we receive information about royal style, and how we as members of the public can comment on it and even copy it – the sumptuary laws of Henry VIII’s (1509-47) time would be even harder to enforce in this modern age.

Throughout the course we’ve seen how the relationship between royalty and fashion has evolved over the past 400 years – who knows where it will go next?

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A History of Royal Fashion

The University of Glasgow