INSPIRED LOOK OF YESTERDAY: THE FOURTH OF JUNE @ ETON

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photo above by Bruce Weber/ GQ circa 1980s

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The London Season – The Fourth of June
The Fourth of June was the Open Day at Eton College. It started in the 18th century as a gala in honour of King George III’s birthday. It soon became a very popular outing for the Ton, who flocked out of London to enjoy the riverside pageant. The river procession, with fireworks, was first recorded in 1793 and by tradition the dress worn was that of Nelson’s Navy: white trousers, striped shirts, blue jackets plus straw hats decked with flowers. The rowing boats were also named after Navy ships.

Martel Maides Auctions Fine Arts Catalogue December 5th Sale 2013

Martel Maides Auctions Fine Arts Catalogue December 5th Sale 2013

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Watch the 4th of June River Parade with Eton college boys wearing floral hats on the River Thames at Eton College School. Held annually the Eton College boys, stand upright in an eight, and then disperse of the floral displays worn on their hats into the river. The 4th of June Parade normally occurs in May but in 2012 it will take place on the 2nd of June. WATCH HERE!

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The boys' Matrons ('Dames' in Eton speak) decorate their boaters. Some clearly make more effort than others. (Also note 'fixed pin' gates & fixed seats)Small.

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Even with watermarks all over them, these boys look good.

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