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Tales from the Royal Wardrobe with Lucy Worsley

Dr Lucy Worsley explores the royal wardrobes of our monarchs over the last 400 years, showing how they have always been regarded as their personal statement to their people.

Today, few people's clothes attract as much attention as the royal family, but this is not a modern-day Hello magazine-inspired obsession. As Dr Lucy Worsley reveals, it has always been this way. Exploring the royal wardrobes of our kings and queens over the last 400 years, Lucy shows this isn't just a public preoccupation but our monarchs' as well.

From Elizabeth I to our present Queen, Lucy believes that the royal wardrobe's significance goes way beyond the cut and colour of the clothing and that royal fashion is, and has always been, regarded as their personal statement to their people. So most monarchs have carefully choreographed every aspect of their wardrobe and, for those who have not, there have sometimes been calamitous consequences.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 4 Jul 2019 21:00

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:06

    Four Tet

    Plastic People

  • 00:26

    Seán Ó Riada

    Mna Na Heireann

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Lucy Worsley
Producer Nick Gillam-Smith
Director Nick Gillam-Smith
Executive Producer Greg Sanderson
Executive Producer Lionel Mill

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