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The 1950-60s

The 1950-60s

Queen Mary was a great supporter of The School of Stitchery and Lace and ordered lingerie items and night gowns as well as Christmas gifts.

The monogrammed nightgown shown here is a sample made for her by the students. She liked it so much she ordered another 12. It now forms part of our Heritage Collection which opened to the public in 2018 thanks to a generous award from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Queen Mary encouraged her daughter-in-law Princess Alice to take an interest in the School of Stitchery and Lace and she became a great supporter and later our Patron.

The Princess took a personal interest in the students and knew them by name. Every year they would travel to Kensington Palace with samples of gifts they had made and Princess Alice would order her Christmas gifts from the selection.

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