To rekindle our interests in all things Royal after such a long absence we thought it prudent to include one of our traditional lectures on Royal facts on a Friday. Today we will discuss one of those very historic, almost archaic, sometimes impractical yet always impressive Royal symbols. There are many symbolic aspects of Royal dress linking the person of the monarch to his country, his history and even his faith. Many of these symbols, like the crown, seem far more obvious than others. Our choice for today's lecture is the Royal Robe and its meaning. Royal Robes have there origin in the obvious albeit it almost primitive origins of plain and simple clothing. In ages past, a cloak was worn like any other part of clothing, for protection against the elements. Over time the more distinguished members of society embellished their appearance to signify status and for standing out in a crowd. This required what eventually developed into jewellery and fancy decorated clothing. These decorations on clothing and even the very clothing piece itself over time acquired symbolic value as it became associated with the ruling classes and leaders. What began as a mere covering against the cold, inclusive of fur and excessive length to cover the body down to the ankles, thus ended up in the very ornate robes, cloaks and mantels worn on official State occasions by our historic Royals.
Where some may say it is a frivolous waste of money, one thing can always be said for Royal symbols; they are beautifully crafted records of history and craftsmanship. We must remember somebody earned a living off making them whilst at the same time indelibly capturing a snapshot of eternal history, in my opinion art especially on this highest of echelons, is never a waste.