Thursday, July 4, 2024

African Royal Attire Etiquette

King Lewanika was the Lozi Litunga (King) of Barotseland from 1878 to 1916 (aside from a brief break in 1884-5) photographed during his visit to Edinburgh in 1902
– Public domain image source, Wikipedia

An African King…

King Lewanika's costume was rather remarkable. On his head he wore a black, broad brimmed felt hat over a scarlet nightcap. A long bright blue dressing gown, much embroidered with scarlet braid in Manchester style; a flannel shirt, tweed waistcoat, trousers and aggressively new yellow boots completed his costume. This was evidently his holiday attire, for on other days his scarlet nightcap was replaced by a blue Tam O’Shanter and the dressing gown by a shoddy ulster coat.

We seated ourselves opposite the door looking out on the river, while the rest of my party were grouped in a circle round us. It was not etiquette for any but the King and his interpreter to enter the hut, so Letia and the councilors remained outside while we carried on desultory conversation on the subject of our respective journeys, hunting, etc..., enlivened by the gentle tinkling of the piano and the subdued singing of the King's choristers.- Blackwood's Magazine, 1899

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