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The Royal History of the Royal School of Needlework

20 April, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Hidden in the magnificent Hampton Court Palace lies a society that has excelled at hand embroidery since 1872. This lecture will explore the royal history of that Royal School of Needlework, an international centre of excellence for this artform for well over a century.

With its first President Queen Victoria’s third daughter, Princess Christian,  the renowned embroidery studio enjoyed royal patronage.  Indeed, the Royal seal of approval was firmly set with Princess Christian’s mother becoming the society’s first patroness. Since then, the school has embellished one wedding and four coronation dresses, as well as funeral regalia, while also expertly restoring and conserving valuable and historical embroidered pieces worldwide.  Join us for this fascinating insight into the decorative art of needlework fit for a Queen.

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