Style Icons: The King’s Favourite


George Villiers, The Duke of Buckingham was the great favourite of King James I.

The phrase “great favourite” is widely held as a history book euphemism for the fact that the pair of ‘em were at it like knives. And on that topic, the debate rages on.

There’s certainly no arguing the style of the man.

In the illustration he wears his famous rose-coloured silk suit overspread with diamonds and valued at £80,000 in its day. We don’t get many of those these days down Kensington way.

Buckingham was also said to have the finest legs in the kingdom. You can judge that for yourselves at the National Portrait Gallery.

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