Cross-dressing, shoes galore and an underwear clearout every three months - a dazzling new exhibition reveals what trendsetters the Tudor and Stuart monarchs were
Charles II developed the precursor to the three-piece suit when he introduced a long vest to wear beneath a coat in October 1666. Three weeks later the diarist Samuel Pepys records that he too was wearing one.
Disposing of the mountain of royal apparel accrued each year was a challenge in itself. Charles II replaced his personal linen every three months and allowed his Grooms of the Bedchamber to keep his cast-offs.