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pearly king

n
the male London costermonger whose ceremonial clothes display the most lavish collection of pearl buttons. See also pearly4
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There is also a right royal knees up with a special tribute to London's Pearly Kings and Queens.
First they must create a beautiful afternoon tea for a group of Pearly Kings and Queens.
LONDON'S Pearly Kings and Queens provided an unusual backdrop to a record-breaking sale of Welsh Cobs and Partbreds.
Even if they were baffled by the Chelsea Pensioners, the Jarrow marchers and that parade of Pearly Kings and Queens - and Dizzee Rascal - I like to think our Kazakh and Kiribati friends were awed by those choirs of bright-eyed children, who stole the show.
From this community, pearly kings and queens were chosen.
Any unusual, expensive or sentimentally valuable buttons will be returned to their owners," promises June, who is hoping to involve the London Pearly Kings and Queens in her history show in February.
If I could give Tristan a welcoming tip, apart from a basic explanation of East End vernacular (playing the spoons, gor blimey guv'nor, pearly kings and queens, jellied eels, etc) it would be about the workings of a betting exchange and, more particularly, the fact that it is possible to lay Tottenham at a comically short 2.
A group of English street vendors known as The Pearly Kings and Queens dress in elaborate suits covered in pearl buttons.
Her investigations lead her from pearly kings and queens to the workhouse and matchstick girls, before sending her on a trip across to Ireland.
The Pearly Kings and Queens, with their colourful costumes, were a great success.
PEARLY kings and queens lit up the stage for a production of Me and My Girl at Red House School in Norton.
WHAT: Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival: a thanksgiving service in true Cockney tradition.