Lace for Kate’s dress was crafted in Ilkeston

File photo dated 29/04/2011 of Kate Middleton arriving at Westminster Abbey, London, before her marriage to Prince William. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday May 01, 2011. It was the most anticipated dress of the century - and now the public could get the chance to see it up close. Kate Middleton stunned the crowds when she appeared in the intricately decorated wedding dress. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
File photo dated 29/04/2011 of Kate Middleton arriving at Westminster Abbey, London, before her marriage to Prince William. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday May 01, 2011. It was the most anticipated dress of the century - and now the public could get the chance to see it up close. Kate Middleton stunned the crowds when she appeared in the intricately decorated wedding dress. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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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.

Cluny lace, Belper street Ilkeston, made the lace for the royal wedding. Ian Palfreyman a Twisthand worker on the leavers lace machine.

Cluny lace, Belper street Ilkeston, made the lace for the royal wedding. Ian Palfreyman a Twisthand worker on the leavers lace machine.

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.”