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Cameron breaks with royal tradition

David Cameron is to break with tradition by wearing a lounge suit when he attends the royal wedding.

Aides to the Prime Minister confirmed that he would be foregoing a formal morning suit in favour of his normal business attire.

It is expected that other politicians attending next week's ceremony at Westminster Abbey - including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband - will make a similar choice.

In past decades it has been traditional for prime ministers to wear full morning dress - including a tail coat - when they attend royal weddings.

However, since becoming Conservative leader in 2005, the Old Etonian Mr Cameron has been careful to avoid drawing attention to his privileged background.

As a student a Oxford University, he was famously photographed in the bow tie and tails of the infamous Bullingdon Club - a dining group for ex-public schoolboys, which was renowned for its drunken excesses.

Since becoming Prime Minister he has largely avoided appearing in public in formal wear - the only exception being his annual Mansion House speech on foreign affairs when white tie and tails are considered mandatory.


From Belfast Telegraph