PEARLIE KINGS & QUEENS of LONDON

I took a trip to London in the Fall of 2010, with a primary purpose of going to the Pearlie's Harvest Festival, held at the Actors' Church in London.
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Costermonger and child - Donald McLeish (1879-1950), from Wonderful London ed. by St John Adcock - 1920s.

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.

Tracing the embellished story of the Pearly Kings and Queens and their influence…

Pearly Kings and Queens, from Sixties London to Pre-Fall 2015

Tracing the embellished story of the Pearly Kings and Queens and their influence on fashion and rock.

Henry Croft. the original Pearly King, full story here

the original Pearly King, full story here

London's other royalty, the cockney pearly kings & queens.

London Calendar of Events

October in London - London Weather and London Events Guide

Patrick Ward : Pearly King and Queen and family in East London, England.

A Pearly Family in East London by Patrick Ward, 1977

Pearly King, London. MShell R

Pearly King, London. MShell R

Pearly Kings & Queens

Pearly Kings & Queens of England

The Pearly tradition began in 1875 with Henry Croft, an orphan who was influenced by the flashy pear button embellished ensembles created by the Costermongers, fruit and vegetable vendors. Croft, looking for a way to raise funds for the orphanage, took the decorative pearl buttons one step further covering a whole suit with them to draw attention to himself as he raised money.

Pearly queens and kings

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for Pearly Kings & Queens!

London's alternative Royals: the procession of Pearly Kings and Queens lit up the capital today as they paraded the streets in extravagant outfits covered top to toe in sparkly buttons, badges and glitter

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

Pearlies are easily recognised by their colourful and eye-catching costumes. We're displaying several extraordinary items in Pearly Treasures, including a magnificent hat decorated with ostrich feathers. But being a pearly is not just about wearing the costume, it is about a lifelong commitment to work tirelessly to raise money for charity. These days the Pearlies have divided into several organisations, however all still have charity work at.Pearly King and Queen of Dagenham, by Henry…

Six things you never knew about Pearly Kings & Queens

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Messy Nessy Chic uncovers the Pearly Kings and Queens, an English style subculture, with their colorful feathered hats and hand-sewn pearl button suits.

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)

A Pearly Family in East London by Patrick Ward, 1977

The Queen, McQueen and pearly queens: 50 years of Britishness – in pictures

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Pearly Kings and Queens - Arthur, Doreen, Grandad, Nana, Brian and Larry

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