March 1, 2012

{Kate Says "Thank-you"}

[Reprint from the Telegraph by Tim Walker, February 29, 2012: Duchess of Cambridge pays secret thank-you visit to royal wedding dressmakers]


Without any fanfare, the Duchess of Cambridge has paid her dues to some of the unsung heroines of the royal wedding. Kate made a secret visit on Tuesday [February 28, 2012] to the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, where she said thank you to the master embroiderers who helped to create her bridal gown.

Susan Kay-Williams, the school’s chief executive, tells me: “It was lovely to meet the Duchess of Cambridge and to show her what the Royal School of Needlework does.”

I am told that around 30 of the renowned school’s full and part-time staff turned out for her visit. One of the Duchess’s friends says: “Catherine was keen to express her gratitude in person to the women who worked so hard on her dress. She was very conscious of the pressure that they were under.”

Glove-wearing women at the south-west London school, which was founded to keep the traditional art of hand embroidery alive, worked on the dress amid such secrecy that they did not know the identity of its designer until moments before the announcement that it was Sarah Burton, of the fashion label Alexander McQueen.

The intricate gown was hand stitched using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique. Individual flowers were hand cut from lace onto ivory silk tulle to create a design which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock. ~


[Reprint from the Telegraph by Tim Walker, February 29, 2012: Duchess of Cambridge pays secret thank-you visit to royal wedding dressmakers]

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