Belgian Royalty: Coats Worn by Albert I's Children

Figure 1.--Princes Leopold and Charles wear matching coats here. I had thought that they were wearing matching long trouser suits, but with the coats it is hard to tell. After more examination, I now think that they be wearing sailor suits. Note the sailor caps that they are wearing. The photograph was repotedly taken in 1914 and the boys would have been 11 and 13 years old. This was the year World War I began.

The princes also wore matching coats. They are rather long coats with double breasted styling. I had intially thought that by 1914 they were wearing rather adult looking suits with long trousers. On closer examination I believe that they are still wearing sailor sits. Queen Elizabeth at any rate was still dressing them in identical outfits. This would mean that Prince Charles was allowed to wear more mature outfits at an earlier age than his older brother. One wonders if this was due to Queen's penchant for dressing the boy's identically. I'm not sure at what the boys began wearing regular suits or what age. Also I do not know if the boys both switched to regular suits at the same age.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: June 16, 2001
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