- King Charles sported a pair of £315 ‘Lemtosh’ shades during State visit to France
As the Prince of Wales, he was hailed as a style icon and described as the best-dressed man on the planet. But now the King, 74, has a new fashion secret – he has been receiving sartorial advice from his dapper cousin.
Insiders credit David Armstrong-Jones, the son of Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon, with the increasingly contemporary wardrobe – and hip accessories – sported by Charles.
An insider said: ‘It was definitely noted on the State visit [to France] that the King’s clothing has a new “je ne sais quoi” quality.’
One key accessory was a pair of £315 ‘Lemtosh’ sunglasses by US firm Moscot, which has a shop on the King’s Road in London, aptly.
One well-placed source said: ‘French high society was constantly remarking on how chic he looked.
An insider said King Charles’ clothing has had a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ quality during a State visit to France
One key accessory was a pair of £315 ‘Lemtosh’ sunglasses by US firm Moscot, which has a shop on the King’s Road in London, aptly
‘David [Armstrong-Jones] lent him a pair of sunglasses and he noted that they suited the King so well that he went and bought him a couple of pairs as a gift.
‘The King has always had a wonderful sense of style and his suits have been admired internationally.
‘He believes in “buy once, buy well”, so it’s not that he’s gone out on a shopping spree. There are just little flourishes which underline his own sense of style.
‘It helps that people are looking at the King with fresh eyes – seeing him in a different way to how he was viewed as the Prince of Wales. He is clearly comfortable in his statesman role so it’s this attitude that comes across as cool, too.’
A Palace insider added that during the French tour there were special touches for the King’s outfits that may have gone unnoticed.
The keen gardener had taken a week’s supply of cornflowers and roses, hand-picked from his garden, for his jacket buttonhole.
He wore lighter suits, which make him appear less formal and more approachable. And there is always a colourful handkerchief that may or may not match the suit.
A Palace insider added that during the French tour there were special touches for the King’s outfits that may have gone unnoticed
The King’s cousin, David Armstrong-Jones (pictured at the Wimbledon Tennis Championship in 2022), has been credited with Charles’ fresh new look
A pale-pink dinosaur tie is one of the King’s favourites because it contains a little joke. The Tyrannosaurus and the monarch have something in common, because Rex is the Latin word for King.
In 2009 Esquire crowned the then Prince Charles the world’s ‘best-dressed man’. The men’s magazine described him as ‘perfectly turned out’, adding that ‘admirably, the Prince keeps his wardrobe in appropriate style. We’re told he has a room laid out like a tailor’s shop.’
Now he has extra help with his fashion choices with his cousin on hand. Styled Viscount Linley until 2017, he is known professionally as David Linley. Having stepped back from running his luxury furniture business the Earl of Snowdon has had more time to help the King.
The pair are said to be close and have been on holiday to Romania, where Charles enjoys walking.