Pearlie and son. Dignified and characterful portraits of Londoners, believed to be by photographer Donald McLeish selected from the three volumes of Wonderful London edited by St John Adcock and produced by The Fleetway House in the nineteen-twenties.
Meet London's alternative Royals: The Pearly Kings and Queens
The tradition of Pearly Kings and Queens dates back to 1875 and 30 London families now keep the tradition alive. They raise money for charities across the city and attend London’s events in their colourful handmade costumes
Six things you never knew about Pearly Kings & Queens
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A Culture of Purpose
The Matthews family, Pearly Kings and Queens of Hampstead, venture out in their costumes, May (Photo by George Konig/Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Queen, McQueen and pearly queens: 50 years of Britishness – in pictures