Today’s fancy dress theme is Royal. Read on to get some great Royalty costume ideas but firstly,why did we choose this costume theme? Well, in all fairness February 12th is not a great day for British monarchs in history.
On this day in 1554 Lady Jane Grey, who had nominally occupied the throne of England for nine days the previous year, was beheaded. In actual fact she spent her ‘reign’ in the Tower of London when the basis of her claim was disputed. She was put to death thanks to a rebellion in her support by one Sir Thomas Wyatt against Jane’s half-sister Mary, who actually took over the throne. Meanwhile on this day in 1689 Parliament decided that the fact that James II had fled to France constituted an abdication and hence the way was clear for William of Orange and his wife Mary (who were in the London area anyway, touring with about 15,000 soldiers) to take over the throne of England. Nonetheless, we thought Kings and Queens was a good theme for today – never let a few setbacks reign on your parade.
So yes, of course, we stock a wide range of crowns and tiaras and cloaks that would be suitable for this Royal occasion, but let’s think about a wide range of Kings & Queen costumes & accessories that we can offer you…
- Queen of Hearts Costumes
- The King – Elvis Costumes
- Princess of Pop – Kylie Monogue
- Prince of Thieves – Robin Hood
- The Snow Queen – Chronicles Of Narnia
- Edmund, Lucy, Peter & Susan all become Kings & queens in Narnia – wear medieval / Knight costumes.
- The Wicked Queen – Snow White
- Freddy Mercury – from Queen
- Queen of The Nile - Cleopatra Costume
- Queen Victoria
- Queen Bee
- Oberon – King of The Fairies
- Queen Elizabeth I & II
- Anne Bolelyn – or any of Henry VIII’s wives – wear a Tudor costume
- Queen Amidala
- Princess Leia
- The Frog Prince
- King Arthur – Knight’s costume
- Macbeth – Medieval Costume
- Caesar – Roman costumes
Okay, so that should have given you a bit of costume inspiration, but if you need more, check out our Royalty Costume Ideas section including Kings & queens, Prince & Princesses, the list is endless. Please let us know your costume ideas for this theme, and we will update our list, it really helps everyone else.
Congratulations to HRH Prince William on his 30th birthday and celebrate with a ‘Royalty Fancy Dress Theme.
We stock a range of Royal Family Masks and have lots of Royalty Costume Ideas for you:
- Prince Charming
- King & Queen – Panto Style
- Queen of Hearts, we stock some lovely Queen of Heart costumes
- King of Hearts
- Prince Caspian
- Queen Amidala
- Robin, Prince of Thieves – wear a Robin Hood costume
- Princess Leia
- Drag Queen
- Freddy Mercury – member of Queen
- Kings of Leon
- Lion King characters
- King of The Jungle – Lion Costumes
- Disney Princess – Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty – take a look at all of our Disney costumes
- Queen (Gay man)
- Queenie – Elizabeth I character from Blackadder
- King Arthur
- Oberon, King of The Fairies
- Prince Edmund – Blackadder
- Rat King
- King of The Underworld – Satan – an easy costume to put together, just take a look at our Devil accessories
- The Wizard King
- Aragorn – The Lord Of The Rings
- The Burger King – eat a burger wearing a king’s crown
- Old King Cole
- King Kong
- The Frog Prince
- King Smurf
- Jesus, King Of The Jews
Not being privy to his schedule, we don’t know what Princess Catherine (aka Kate) has got planned, but of course she is well connected when it comes preparing a celebration: Her parents have run a successful party goods firm for many years and her sister Pippa is putting together a guide on how to throw celebratory events, such as the odd party (especially if it has a quirky theme). Of course, here at Props & Frocks we have been doing that for a good few years too, offering advice on costuming and themes and supplying the wherewithal to make your party dreams come true.
Kings & Queens is today’s fancy dress theme even though for some people, the coming week will be all about tennis, as Wimbledon starts today, but aside from the royalty of the tennis racquet, coronations feature heavily in June. Although Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom, upon the death of her father King George VI on February 6th 1952, she was not officially crowned until June 2nd 1953. Likewise Queen Victoria became Queen on the death of William IV on 20 June 1837, but her actual coronation was not until the following year, June 28th 1838. So why are we mentioning these now?
Well, next year sees the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and you know how we love a party here at Props n Frocks. With the possibility of year-long celebrations, plus the Spring bank holiday being moved to June 4th to make June 5th the official Diamond Jubilee, we are starting to get prepared now. After all, it’s not every day you have events where the whole country can celebrate. Queen Victoria herself was the longest reigning British monarch, having done so for 64 years, from age 18 until her death on January 22nd 1901, age 81. Although Elizabeth II was 25 when she became queen, it is generally accepted that people are living longer and although she is currently 85 (four years older than Victoria, when she died) there is a relatively strong possibility of her surpassing Victoria’s record. But as we all know anything can happen in a short period of time.
Costume ideas for a Kings & Queens Theme? well, you can stick to the standard monarchs from around the world, or look a bit outside the box to the King of Rock n Roll (Elvis) or various Disney Prince & Princesses. Rather than repeat ourselves again, we have loads of Kings & Queen costume ideas on these 3 blogs – each one gives some variations on costume ideas that you may not have thought about.
Royalty is today’s fancy dress theme after our own royal event yesterday, there are celebrations across the North Sea today as our neighbours in the Netherlands celebrate Queen’s Day, a major National Holiday. The festival honours Queen Wilhelmina upon whose birthday (30th August) the festival was founded in 1885. When she was succeeded by Queen Juliana the date was moved to April. Because the current Queen Beatrix’s birthday is in January, the April date has been retained in memory of her mother (and because of the potentially better weather!). Hence orange (after the royal lineage of the House of Orange, who also ruled in this country for a time) is the colour of the day in Holland, An excellent day to go Dutch! However, we thought that this costume theme would be too limiting so have broadened it out to encompass everything Royal.
We have some great Royalty Costume ideas on previous blogs, or why not just wear orange? When you think about it, this costume theme gives so many choices. Here are a few more Royalty costume ideas…
- Prince Charming
- Snow White Costume
- Beauty – and all the other Disney Princesses
- Beast – he ends the show as a prince
- Prince (80s pop star, otherwise known as…)
- Jesus – King of The Jews
On the 29th of next month it will the big day for Prince William and Catherine Middleton. How are you thinking of celebrating this event? You may get inspiration from our ‘Kings & Queens’ blog post.
If you are holding a street party have you thought about all the party goods you might need? From red, white and blue decorations, to tablecloths, serviettes, party hats, balloons, cutlery, etc., there are so many things you may need. Some people are choosing to celebrate the wedding by holding a street party in fancy dress. Although you might think that a Prince and Princess theme a good idea, in reality particularly with children the scope of this can be quite limited. So today, in honour of the fact that on this day in 1871 Queen Victoria opened the Albert Hall, in memory of her Prince, we thought we might suggest a royal theme. After all you have so many monarchs to choose from, not only from British history but also from Europe and the rest of the world.
Having a ‘Royalty’ theme opens up the costume theme, and the ‘Kings & queens ‘ blog post should have given you some ‘outside the box’ costume ideas. See below for a few of our costume ideas that may give you further inspiraiton…
- Henry VIII
- Henry VIII’s wives – you have a few to choose from!
- Queen Elizabeth I
- Queen Elizabeth II
- Monarch Butterfly! – Yes, we do stock butterfly costumes & accessories
- Queen Victoria