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The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Gloucester visit the Royal School of Needlework

22nd November 2017

The Duchess of Cornwall meets students from The Royal School of Needlework

The Duchess of Cornwall meets students from The Royal School of Needlework

The Duchess of Cornwall saw embroidery experts at work today during a visit to the Royal School of Needlework. 

Her Royal Highness visited the school’s headquarters at Hampton Court Palace with their President, The Duchess of Gloucester.

The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of The Royal School of Needlework after taking over from Her Majesty The Queen in January 2017.

During the visit, Their Royal Highnesses met students and viewed the current exhibition ‘Embellishment in Fashion’, displaying 18th-20th Century pieces.

 The Duchess of Cornwall was also able to try her hand at embroidery under the watchful eye of tutor Jacqui McDonald.

The Royal School of Needlework helped create the bespoke lace on The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.

Mandy Ewing was part of the team that created the bespoke lace on the wedding dress, veil and shoes designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Ms Ewing said: "It was an exciting event and everybody loved working on it - it was a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Each lace motif - some as small as a five pence piece - was applied with minute stitches every two to three millimetres.