A SUIT Kate takes a walk down memory lane — on a visit to a textile company.
The Princess of Wales, 41, wore a green Burberry suit to heritage textile factory AW Hainsworth – once owned by her great-grandfather.
The factory in Pudsey, West Yorks, produced Buckingham Palace’s military uniforms.
Grabbing a handful of merino wool, Kate said: “I love the feel of it.”
Her great-grandfather, Noel Middleton, sold the family business, William Lupton & Co, to AW Hainsworth in 1958.
The factory produced the fabric used for the uniform Prince William wore on his wedding day and the sweet little coat Prince Louis wore to King Charles’s coronation in May.
She spent a few minutes marveling at the giant looms and fabric dyed red to make Buckingham Palace’s military uniforms.
And the princess watched the fire resistance test and she also met a life-sized mannequin wearing the completed guard uniform
Outside, she chatted with the staff, bent down to pick up a sample of green felt given to her that she accidentally dropped, and explained that it was used inside the piano to play the keys and that she played it herself.
“We sewed all the different ceremonial uniforms,” Rachel Hainsworth, the seventh generation of the family to participate in the factory’s operations, later said.
“We didn’t know until his wedding day that William was wearing something from us but we were so proud when we saw it.
“We chatted about her family history, she said her parents had talked to her about it.
“She really wanted to know about holding companies and how they were doing, which was an important part of their business.”