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The Duchess of Cornwall Learns Hand Embroidery at the RSN

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of the Royal School of Needlework, visited today for the first time since taking over the patronage from Her Majesty The Queen in January 2017. The Duchess of Cornwall visited the RSN’s base at Hampton Court Palace with The Duchess of Gloucester, President of the Royal School of Needlework.  
The Duchess of Cornwall received a short tutorial in hand embroidery learning the traditional technique of Jacobean Crewelwork.  RSN Tutor Jacqui McDonald said: “I taught The Duchess of Cornwall Fly Stitch which is one of the stitches used in Jacobean Crewelwork and the first technique we teach our Certificate & Diploma students.  Her Royal Highness was a quick learner and would make a natural stitcher!  I very much hope she returns soon for a full lesson.”
The royal visitors also met with staff, students and volunteers, and enjoyed a tour of the RSN’s Education Department, Embroidery Studio and the current exhibition, ‘Embellishment in Fashion’. 
During the visit, the Royal School of Needlework presented The Duchess of Cornwall with a bespoke velvet cushion for her hatpins, embroidered by their expert Embroidery Studio. The cushion was embroidered with a cluster of Goldwork acorns from the Cornish Oak Tree. 
The Duchess of Gloucester, who is a keen needlewoman, received a limited edition strawberry shaped needle cleaner embroidered to celebrate 30 years of the RSN being based at Hampton Court Palace.

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