On Wednesday, I am travelling to the picturesque town of Henley to support a friend who is taking part in the world renowned Henley Royal Regatta. I jumped at the chance to go once I knew that the aforementioned chap was taking part, to show moral support of course… although spending a day in the Steward’s Enclosure isn’t bad either!
Of course, as with many of these events there is a strict dress code to be adhered to, following a long established tradition dating back to 1919 when the Steward’s Enclosure was created. Gentlemen attending the regatta are required to wear lounge suits, or jackets or blazers with flannels, and a tie or cravat. Whilst the ladies must wear dresses or skirts with a hemline below the knee. Cufflinks are optional but I will be showing my support with my silver yacht cufflinks.
One thing that I was particularly pleased to learn about the Steward’s Enclosure is that mobile phones are strictly prohibited. Nothing spoils a pleasant afternoon by the riverside quite like the irritating buzz and chatter of a mobile phone!