The fashionable King Edward VII was a stickler for etiquette, but could, at times, be rude himself. — “Mr. Greville wore a white waistcoat — an unpardonable faux pas, seeing that the Court is in mourning. The King flung sarcastic remarks at Greville throughout the dinner and was quite angry...”
King Annoyed by Guest’s White Vest —
Britain’s Ruler Resents Faux Pas
Sydney Greville Commits Breach of Etiquette at Dinner — His Majesty Later Graciously Forgives Offender
LONDON, Feb. 11.— Sydney Greville, the Earl of Warwick’s brother and Groom in Waiting to the King, is the latest victim of His Majesty’s etiquette craze.
Dining the other evening to meet the King, Mr. Greville wore a white waistcoat — an unpardonable faux pas, seeing that the Court is in mourning. The King flung sarcastic remarks at Greville throughout the dinner and was quite angry when other guests, including Mrs. Keppel, Lady Essex and Lord Revelstoke, tried to treat the affair in a bantering spirit.
Afterward when playing bridge His Majesty sat with his back to Mr. Greville to avoid continued sight of the provocative garment.
But the King never harbors resentment, and three days later commanded a dinner party at Greville’s rooms in St. James’ palace with the same guests. He was most gracious to his host and referred to the waiscoat incident laughingly.— Special Cable to The Herald, 1905
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