Working Class Royalty: Pearly King and Queen

Some 150 years after the birth of their founder, a new generation of Pearly Kings and Queens has been crowned. But as well as the Pearly Kings and Queens of popular imagination,many of those who joined the gathering at the Carpenters Arms pub in the East of London were youngsters – the so-called Pearly Princes and Princesses. Described by their association as ‘the biggest pearly crowning for 137 years’, nine members of Pearly royalty were crowned and blessed yesterday afternoon.