Henry Holden pulls it off by refusing to take the whole thing too seriously. He is portraying Will Somers, the first Queen Elizabeth‘s court jester. The costume looks a lot less effort as well. The Duchess of Devonshire's Diamond Jubilee Ball 1897
Fancy Dress 1897: the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball
Fancy Dress the Duchess of Devonshire’s Diamond Jubilee Ball. The Ladies Churchill came as Watteau shepherdesses, which have always been a favourite dressing up role for the aristocracy, favoured by Marie Antoinette.