LACEMAKERS in Ilkeston were shocked to discover that they had played a part in Kate Middleton’s dress when they tuned in to watch the Royal wedding.
About six weeks before the big day, Cluny Lace, based on Belper Street, had sent out a special delivery package without knowing that it was for the most anticipated wedding dress since Princess Diana’s.
Lace made by the family firm featured on the sleeves, neckline and train of the now Duchess of Cambridge’s gown and was used to make the underskirt.
The delicate lace was also used on the bridesmaid dresses which is how the company came to realise they had contributed.
Kate Knight, who works for Cluny, said: “As we sat and watched we heard them say something about Cluny Lace and our ears pricked, then they said something about Nicky McFarlane and we realised that we’d sent her a special delivery parcel a few weeks before.
“After it was all over I rang and spoke to her and she confirmed it was our lace on the bridesmaid dresses and she told us that it had also been used on the bride’s dress.”
Since finding out, Kate has been trying to get in touch with fashion house, Alexander McQueen to find out exactly where the lace was used.
She added: “It was a stunning day anyway but to find out we’d played a part in it was amazing.
“It’s brilliant, we were so proud.”