Historians and Scottish tartan experts were left speechless and angered by the fact that Colin Firth’s character in “The King’s Speech,” King George, is wearing an Irish kilt on his way to Balmoral to visit his brother.
The tartan he wore is believed to be from Co. Kerry and only dates back to 1997.
Momentum Pictures told the “Evening Herald” in Dublin that they were unable to identify the tartan. A spokesperson said Jenny Beavan, the costume designer, only had two months to source historically accurate clothes for the movie.
Peter MacDonald, a kilt historian and head of research for the Scottish Tartans Authority, said, “They just get things spectacularly wrong.
“The kilt is not of any design I recognize which would have been available to the royals at that time…Things like this really get me going. The expertise would have been available to the film makers if they had bothered to ask.
"They seem to pay great attention to other costumes in the film yet they select a tartan from the late 20th century.
"To be honest, it's just poor research and sloppy attention to detail."
The British royal family are known to favor the balmoral Tartan when visiting their Scottish residence. This tartan was designed by Prince Albert in 1953 and is described as being “predominantly grey with overchecks of red and black.”
However, this design can only be worn by the royal family or with their permission.
Also the sporran (purse worn to the front of the kilt) worn by the king dates from a Lanarkshire manufacturer from the 21st century, not the 1930s.
Craig Halley of Slanj Kilts in Glasgow, said, “I had a laugh when I saw his sporran…It's made by a company in East Kilbride called Art Pewter and has only been around for about five or six years.”
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