Austerity, Prince Philip style

September 1st, 2008 - 10:44 am ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 1 (IANS) Call it an effect of the credit crunch or a personal whim, the manner in which Queen Elizabeth’s consort takes care of his clothes has become the talk of the town.Prince Philip recently sent for his Saville Row tailor, no, not to order a new pair of trousers, but to alter one he first wore 51 years ago.

Tailor John Kent was asked to change a favourite pair from the baggy style more popular in the 1950s into something more contemporary.

The original suit was made of heavyweight worsted cloth, with a distinctive grey and brown herring-bone stripe. According to The Telegraph, the seams have now been unpicked and resewn to narrow the legs.

Patrick Grant, one of the directors of the firm Norton & Sons, who Kent works for, said: “About six weeks ago, the Prince sent him a pair of trousers that he wanted recutting to give a slimmer, more fashionable look.”

“The prince likes substantial cloth. He certainly gets plenty of wear out of all his clothes,” he added.

The prince is known to keep some of his favourite items of clothing for years, repairing or altering when necessary.

At naval events he is often seen in the same uniform that he wore at his wedding in 1947, while he is also praised for managing to maintain his waist size even aged 87.

He is still lauded by fashion experts for his impeccable taste, and in the latest list of the best-dressed men in Britain, compiled by GQ magazine, he appeared at number 33.

Buckingham Palace did not comment on the incident, saying it was the prince’s personal matter.

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