The tradition of Pearly Kings and Queens originated in 19th Century Victorian London. They evolved from Coster Kings and Queens, who were elected as leaders of London’s street trading Costermongers, costard being an apple, monger being a seller.
Pearly Kings And Queens gather to celebrate Harvest Festival. Today, around 30 Pearly Families continue the tradition to raise money for various charities. Each London Borough has a King and Queen, as do the City of London and the City of Westminster. It's a colourful London tradition and one that has been kept alive by a few dedicated people, who remain figureheads for the capital's working class communities. ... East End London, England UK