A couple from Harrow were invited to the reception marking the start of the afternoon celebrations for the 450th anniversary of Harrow School.
Former school staff member, Will Ellis, and his wife Helen were asked, as part of the invite, to come dressed in period costume if they wished.
Speaking with Harrow Online, their son Chris Ellis, said: “Harrow School suggested either Elizabethan Victorian or Edwardian (outfits) if they could.”
“A few people did dress up and they said they really enjoyed the day and meeting up with old colleagues. Also many people wanted to take photos with them, although they weren’t expecting this part and it came as a surprise, but they felt it gave a lot of pleasure to people.
Chris continued: “They said many people commented what wonderful outfits…even the school boys saying what a fantastic look.
“Everyone seemed to appreciated seeing the Victorian characters about on the Hill, which added to the atmosphere of the day. It’s good to remember that Queen Victoria was on the throne for a long time, so there was a big era of the school that was Victorian and is very much part of Harrow Schools history and what people would have seen worn everyday during that period at Harrow school.
Helen and Will both said they enjoyed dressing up and that other people liked seeing them in costume. They added it was a ‘splendid celebration’.