Six things you never knew about Pearly Kings & Queens

By acollinson on 22 Sep 2016
Pearly Queen at the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Pearly Queen at the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Pearly Kings and Queens are an iconic image of London, easily recognised by their distinctive suits and accessories covered with patterns of mother-of-pearl buttons. They’ve inspired fashion designers, costume makers, and been featured in everything from films to the London Olympics opening ceremony. We’re showing off some beautiful Pearly clothes ourselves, in anew display at the museum. But do you know the meaning and surprising history behind the costume?

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