Queen Victoria’s style advice to his son, The Prince of Wales

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December 11, 2015 by Ville Raivio

“Dress is a trifling matter which might not be raised to too much importance in our own eyes. But it gives also the one outward sign from which people in general can and often do judge upon the inward state of mind and feeling of a person; for this they all see, while the other they cannot see. On that account it is of some importance particularly in persons of high rank. I must now say that we do not wish to control your own tastes and fancies which, on the contrary, we wish you to indulge and develop, but we do expect that you will never wear anything extravagant or slangy not because we don’t like it but because it would prove a want of self-respect and be an offence against decency, leading, as it has often done before in others, to an indifference to what is morally wrong.”

— Queen Victoria in 1851 in a letter to his son, The Prince of Wales, as later quoted by The Duke of Windsor


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