The Henley Royal Regatta is one of the most iconic events in the British calendar. Elite rowing crews from across the world compete, with tens of thousands of revellers descending upon the small Oxfordshire town for the week.
The regatta was first held in 1839, originally organised by the people of Henley and the town mayor, it gained notoriety in 1851 when H.R.H Prince Albert became the first Royal Patron.
Each Monarch since has consented to take over this position, allowing the Regatta to continue to be called the Henley Royal Regatta.
Visiting Henley during the week is a superb way to enjoy the splendour of British summertime and as with any top event, fashion plays an important role at Henley Royal Regatta.
Strict dress codes apply at many of the enclosures and hospitality clubs along the bank of the Thames, such as in the prestigious Stewards’ Enclosure where the dress code for ladies includes the requirement they “wear dresses or skirts with a hemline below the knee.”
For gentlemen, Stewards’ Enclosure also stipulates they “wear lounge suits, or jackets or blazers with flannels, together with a tie or cravat.” Such rules may seem overbearing but it does add to the magic of what is a very traditional event.
Among other notable establishments along the river, those who have experienced Henley Regatta will be familiar with the iconic Leander Rowing Club, which is positioned just off Henley Bridge.
Leander’s members are famed for having won one hundred and twenty-three Olympic medals since 1908 and can include luminaries such as five-time gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave among their members.
Even those attending regatta to picnic beside the river dress up for the occasion. It is simply a fantastic opportunity to dress to impress, with old school blazers and stunning hats a common sight as the rowers churn up the Thames over the two thousand one hundred and twelve-metre course.
For this reason, the Whitehouse Cox team ventured to Henley Royal Regatta during the week to shoot our new saddle leather range.
The team ventured up and down the course, shooting the imagery in notable locations such as at the Stewards’ Enclosure, by the finish line, beside the Sir Steve Redgrave bar and by the starting point.
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