King Charles’ Anderson and Sheppard tweed coat, bought 35 years ago, is still going strong in Monarch’s winter wardrobe – and would cost nearly £7,000 if he wanted to replace it
- King Charles has been wearing his cherished tweed coat for over 35 years
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When it comes to his outerwear attire, King Charles has long channelled two of the titles he has earned during almost 60 years of public service: best-dressed man and climate campaigner.
While the King, who topped men’s magazine Esquire’s best-dressed list in 2009 – beating the likes of Roger Federer and Barack Obama to the number one spot – cuts a dashing figure in his bespoke tweed overcoat, its longevity points to something more profound than Charles’s style credentials.
For the King has owned the coat in question – a tweed, double-breasted number with deep pockets and a turn-back cuff – not for a few years but for a few decades, betraying a rejection of fast fashion and its negative impact on the planet.
Charles has long been a keen advocate of make do and mend, although that’s perhaps a little easier to do if your clothes are made on Savile Row.
One of the first times the then-Prince of Wales wore his tweed coat was for a photocall at Sandringham on 3 January 1988 with Princess Diana and a three-year-old Prince Harry. Harry and Diana are also dressed for the winter weather with the young prince wearing a powder blue peacoat by Catherine Walker and his mother dressed in a cashmere and wool coat with synthetic beaver fur by Arabella Pollen
Cut by the Mayfair-based tailor Anderson & Sheppard and clearly made to last, Charles’s coat was a mainstay of his wardrobe when he was married to Princess Diana.
And, photographed in it on 26 November of this year while attending the Sunday service at St. Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, the King has been wearing his tweed coat on a regular basis for over 35 years.
While it’s unclear what the then Prince Charles would have paid for the coat originally, if the King wanted to replace it now, a spokesperson told MailOnline a similar coat would cost £6,894.
On 20 March 1988, Charles arrived at Zurich airport looking dapper in the Anderson & Sheppard number paired with polished brogues
Staple: Accompanied by Prince William and Prince Harry, Charles wore his tweed coat to the annual Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church on 25 December 1998
One of the first times Charles was seen in the tweed coat was on 3 January 1988 at a photocall at Sandringham with Princess Diana and a three-year-old Prince Harry.
The young Prince Harry is dressed in a powder blue peacoat by Catherine Walker while his mother is wearing a cashmere and wool coat with synthetic beaver fur by designer Arabella Pollen.
Charles was again seen in his tweed coat on Christmas Day in 1998 when he was accompanied by both Prince William and Prince Harry at the annual service at Sandringham Church.
Charles continued to wear the coat to public engagements throughout the 2000s and beyond, once pairing it with a hi-vis vest while viewing renovation work at Llwynywormwood in Wales, a property bought by the Duchy of Cornwall for Charles and Camilla, in February 2008.
Later, in 2015, Charles was pictured in it again, while visiting the victims of flooding caused by Storm Desmond in Carlisle.
But, while it’s undoubtedly one of the King’s most distinctive items of clothing, the tweed coat isn’t the only item that Charles has managed to keep hold of for decades.
In 2018, Charles revealed that he was still walking around in a pair of shoes that he bought 47 years previously in 1971.
Although it is unclear which pair of shoes had stood the test of time, Charles has worn a pair of mahogany brogues consistently from 1971.
The then-Prince of Wales wore his tweed coat with a pair of mahogany brogues, which he has also been pictured in since 1971, whilst visiting victims of the flooding caused by Storm Desmond in Carlisle on 21 December 2015
And King Charles was photographed wearing his tweed coat earlier this year. On 26 November, he wore it while attending the Sunday service at St. Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham with Rev Canon Paul Williams
In February 2008, the then-Prince of Wales paired his coat with a hi-vis vest whilst overseeing renovations at at Llwynywormwood in Wales, a property bought by the Duchy of Cornwall for Charles and Camilla
He made the admission in a rare question and answer session with the Australian Financial Review Magazine, which was published online.
Charles said: ‘I have always believed in trying to keep as many of my clothes and shoes going for as long as possible (some go back to 1971 and one jacket to 1969!) – through patches and repairs – and in this way I tend to be in fashion once every 25 years.
‘It is extraordinary how fashions change and, speaking as someone who, on the whole, hates throwing away things without finding another use for them or mending them, I couldn’t be more delighted if, at last, there is a growing awareness of the urgent need to get away from the ‘throwaway society’ and to move towards a more ‘circular economy’.’
And, true to form, in May 2021 Charles appeared on the cover of Country Life magazine wearing a jacket that was not only faded but had undergone a number of repairs.
Writing for FEMAIL, Liz Jones noted: ‘The collar, originally dark brown velvet or cord, is now fawn. And while the pockets still have their stud fastenings, they have clearly been patched up (and even the patches now have holes).’
Indeed, if most people who profess to be climate-conscious manage to recycle an item of clothing for a few years, Charles has shown himself to be much more committed to the cause.
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