There’s a current international interest in the Royal princes, Harry and William. There’s no denying that the princes have led a resurgence in popularity of the Royal Family; and why not? Two fine upstanding young gents who do good work, and seem to embody what’s good about the UK to the world in general.
If you think our current Princes are popular however, take a look back 90 years to the late twenties; the then Prince of Wales (later Duke of Windsor) was deemed to be the most stylish and most photographed man in the world. He was a great dresser; and at a time when most men wore bespoke suits and hats, the Duke of Windsor led the way with a style all of his own.
So you could be forgiven for thinking that the Windsor knot could be attributed to the Duke of Windsor, but it wasn’t so… the Duke did have a preference for a large knot, but here’s a quote from the Duke of Windsor’s biography which debunks the myth:
“The so-called Windsor knot in the tie was adopted in America at a later date… The knot to which the Americans gave my name was a double knot in a narrow tie. It is true that I myself have always preferred a large knot as looking better than a small one, so during the nineteen-twenties I devised… a tie always of the broad variety which was reinforced by an extra thickness of material to produce this effect.”
So it seems that the Duke of Windsor created the size of the tie knot, with a different width and interlining in his tie, but not the knot itself.
The Windsor knot is a great knot to mix with your tailored suit – and we don’t think you should mind that James Bond (in this week as the latest Bond movie is released) doesn’t trust men who wear Windsors – apparently it was the mark of a cad. But then again, James is a spy and he probably doesn’t trust anyone, so our advice is to go ahead and team up your spread collar with a nice wide Windsor knot for a smart, formal look.