National Geographic : 1943 Apr
Topical Press Agency Eton Boys in Top Hats March with Their Families to the Playing Fields Where, Wellington Said, "the Battle ofWaterloo Was Won" Here small boys in Eton jackets, and tall boys in tail coats and white ties, celebrate June 4, birthday of George III, friend ofthe school. Upon the King's death in 1820 the boys went into mourning by wearing top hats, black coats, and vests. They have remained "in mourning"ever since. Because of clothes rationing, Eton boys today are not required to wear school uniforms.