HRH Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited the tweed and cashmere weaving specialists at Johnstons of Elgin at their Border factory in Hawick on June 12th.
During the visit, Charles and Camilla presented The Royal Warrant which has been given to the company for the manufacture and supply of Estate Tweed cloth to the Royal household. Speaking about the visit, the official Grantee, Director, Mr James Sugden OBE, said: “The visit is a great honour for us all at Johnstons, and we are delighted to have been awarded The Royal Warrant. We have been weaving these cloths continuously in our mills for over 200 years and they are part of our heritage. In his capacity as Chairman of the “Campaign for Wool”, His Royal Highness has done a great service to the farmers of our British and Scottish wool by promoting the use of domestically grown fibre. And by wearing the tweed, he has reinvigorated an old trade, for which we are all grateful.”
Charles and Camilla met with Johnstons of Elgin staff and apprentices, as well as five Kelso hill farmers responsible for the wool used by the company in the manufacture of its goods. Locally produced bales of greasy wool were also made available for inspection as well.
Johnstons of Elgin offers men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, including dressing gowns and night dresses.