How To Dress like a Duke
Style tips from Their Royal Highnesses Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry
When it comes to classic British style, our royal gentlemen are the kings of kings, renowned and respected the world over for their sartorial savviness. From diplomatic dinners to country sporting events, the princes of the royal family can be relied upon to dress immaculately, appropriately and with discreet panache. Yet these are not identical royals; each prince has his own subtle style preferences, ensuring that his manner of dressing is distinctive and individual.
Top of the royal best-dressed men list are, in order of seniority (and, some might argue, also in order of style accomplishment): Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021 ; Charles, Prince of Wales, age 70; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, age 37; and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, age 34. Across three generations, these princes of the realm have quietly showcased the best of traditional British men’s fashion, championing UK menswear and affirming its status as the finest in the world.
Here is a guide to their style and suggestions as to how to get their look.
PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Prince Philip was a stalwart supporter of established British brands for his entire wardrobe, from his natty hats to his polished shoes. Regarding the tailoring of his coats, his favoured cut was roomy but sharp in classic cloths. He believed in holding on to perfectly decent suits that have stood the test of time, and has some altered for a more contemporary look. The great grandfather of British royal style, age-defying, elegant and impeccably dressed, the Duke was quite simply the finest consort a Queen could wish for. His enduring legacy is such that in 2016 GQ Magazine named him the 12th best-dressed man in Britain, just behind actor Benedict Cumberbatch and pop star Harry Styles.
The British Tweed Sports Jacket
Prince Philip shared with Her Majesty a love of tweed for off-duty leisure pursuits, and would not be without his country tweed jackets. This timeless style, sporty and dapper, beautifully cut in the finest tweed, would suit him well. And, just like the Duke, it only gets better with age.
The Austrian Loden Coat
The Duke weathered challenging British winters in style, thanks to his armoury of long weather-ready coats. He wore them immaculately cut but capacious enough to wear over a suit or jacket. This traditional Loden Coat, with its deep invert back pleat, ticks all the boxes.
The British Made Tweed Cap
Ideal for driving and roaming about Balmoral, this Scottish tweed cap is one of a collection of Cordings caps designed and made in the UK in styles that have remained practical and good looking down the generations. Rather like the Duke of Edinburgh himself.
CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES
Prince Charles is a man who wears clothes very well indeed, bringing to classic British menswear a cool suaveness that has won many admiring glances on his globe-trotting royal tours. From an athletic youth in swim shorts and polo wear, he has matured into a distinguished dapper dresser. He favours polished, beautifully-made, Savile Row suiting and classic outerwear with a slightly less structured silhouette than the slim cuts worn by his sons.
The Irish Donegal Herringbone Coat
The heir to the throne strives admirably to combine style with sustainability. For him recycling is no passing fad; some coats have been in his wardrobe 30 years and more. At home in the country and in his garden, tweed is a trusty staple. In a rich, soft 100% Donegal cloth, weighty yet supple, this coat is an investment piece the Prince of Wales would appreciate – especially the traditional and practical raglan sleeves and the jetted front pockets with buttons
The British Made Tweed Field Coat, £595
Made with Teflon-coated Scottish tweed, fully waterproof with a breathable membrane, plus a few thoughtful and practical design touches, Prince Charles would be right at home in this field jacket at Highgrove or on the moor.
The Neat British Made Woven Silk Tie, £65
The Prince of Wales adores a smart tie to finish off both formal and countrywear looks with a distinguished touch. Made in Britain using pure silk cloth woven in Suffolk, this duck design tie would fit the bill perfectly.
PRINCE WILLIAM, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE
Now a 30-something dad, William has developed a royal style that suits his sporty, family-orientated lifestyle and his unpretentious, thoughtful nature. Like his father, he leans to Savile Row tailored suits for formal outings, but chooses a slimmer and more modern cut. Off-duty or for more relaxed royal appearances, he likes to wear easy chinos and casual trousers, lightweight jackets, open-neck shirts and fitted jumpers (as often does his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge).
The Scottish lambswool jumper and British made jeans
William adores his knits, the trusted mainstays of any gentleman’s wardrobe. Spun in Hawick using the finest British lambswool, luxuriously soft and light, this Scottish made blue lambswool jumper would suit him well. Jeans of all shades feature in Prince William’s casual wardrobe and the action man would appreciate this style, smart, understated, comfortable and effortless at all times.
The Smart Tweed Blazer
William likes lightweight tailored blazers for less formal royal visits. With a touch of cashmere, this would work well teamed with chinos and a checked or plain shirt for that smart classic everyday style he does so well.
PRINCE HARRY, DUKE OF SUSSEX
Younger brother Harry cuts quite a dash these days, with a more urban and cosmopolitan feel to his wardrobe, thanks in no small part to the influence of his wife, Meghan Markle. As fifth in line to the throne, he takes a slightly less “official” approach to dressing than William, opting for lighter shades and more fashion-forward silhouettes and styles. Prince Harry favours mid-blue shades when it comes to suiting, brighter and more striking than those chosen by his fellow princes. He accessorises with flair, mixing in sleek slim ties, crisp shirts and eye-catching leather belts.
The Rich Blue Formal City Suit
With its two-button style jacket and double vent, crafted in the finest British wool with immaculate attention to detail, this suit is perfect for the Duke of Sussex – a cut above in a vibrant but elegant tone of blue.
The casual brushed twill shirt and jeans.
No one wears an open-neck shirt quite like Prince Harry. This one, appropriately, is new for the season, from Cordings Royal Shirt collection. In a double brushed wool and cotton blend, it’s luxurious, comfortable and super-smart. Teamed with a moleskin jean for a practical and effortlessly stylish off-duty look.