Before her trip to Fortnum & Mason with Her Majesty and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall tomorrow (March 1st), Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace to personally thank the embroiders who helped to create her unforgettable Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown.
According to the Telegraph, Catherine made the secret visit February 20th and was greeted by 30 or so part and full-time employees. “Catherine was keen to express her gratitude in person to the women who worked so hard on her dress,” a friend of the future consort told the paper. ”She was very conscious of the pressure that they were under.” The school was founded to keep the traditional art of hand embroidery alive (and rightfully so, judging from the crowd’s reaction to the gown).
Prior to the April 29th wedding, a select number of women working on the dress were required to wash their hands every 30 minutes to ensure that the lace remained clean, as well as replace their needle every three hours. Even they didn’t know who they were creating the gorgeous embroidery for until just before Burton’s name was announced to the world.
“It was lovely to meet the Duchess of Cambridge and to show her what the Royal School of Needlework does,” the school’s chief executive Susan Kay-Williams told the Telegraph.