Prince William’s Shawl
There have been a few queries coming through lately about Prince William’s shawl, designed, spun and knitted by Margaret as a commission from the High Country Sheep Breeders of New Zealand in 1982, as a presentation gift on the occasion of the prince’s christening.
As it was a private commission the pattern cannot be sold, however Wrapped in Lace does feature a pattern that uses components of the designs.
Last year I wanted to find out where the shawl was held, as we only have average photos of it, and I thought it would be wonderful to see it while I was in the UK. Sadly I didn’t get very far on the hunt, but i’m determined again to track it down.
The information I have from Margaret is that it is in the private collection of the Prince of Wales. It toured Britain in an exhibition of official gifts during the period following Prince William’s birth but she has not heard of it being in an exhibition since then.
The only contact details I can find for Wills is a postal address and phone number, so it looks like i’ll be writing some letters! There is a brain I can pick in the Te Papa textiles department, so at least that is a start…i’ll keep you posted on the hunt!
For an updated blog post on the shawl and the one presented to the Duke & Duchess of Kent on the arrival of Prince George, see here. You can purchase Artisan Gossamer Lace to knit the Filmy Fern shawl with from our online shop.