Sometimes in life you're at the right place at the right time. This happened to me In 1999 when I was at Glamis Castle in Scotland, studying the needlework in The Queen Mother's apartments within the castle.
The Strathmore family have long supported the union of Scotland and England, and an ancestor was a trusted supporter of King Janes VI of Scotland when he took the English crown after the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. So her choice of motif comes at no surprise.
On the marriage of her 9th daughter Elizabeth (shown above in a white dress and ribbons in her hair) to the then Duke of York (the future King George VI), Cecilia gave a set of apartments in Glamis Castle and these very special these bed hangings to her daughter and son-in-law.
The bed cover was sadly lost many years ago and a rather shabby but charming patchwork cover lay in it's place (shown below in HRH The Queen Mother's bedchamber). Seeing an opportunity to restore the bed to its former glory, the curator of the house asked me to create a replica. All I had was the original bedhead and photos of the cover to go on so it was no small challenge, but it was one that I accepted it with great honour.
It took 2 to complete the bedspread and the finished work was given by The Strathmore Family and the Glamis Estate to HRH The Queen Mother when she reached the wonderful age of 100 in August 2001.
Although the full Queen Mother's Bedspread is not yet available as a kit, our Glamis Crown Rose & Thistle design depicts the central motif shown prominently on the bedhead.
We are currently holding a Royal Wedding Stitch Along with this kit to commemorate the marriage of Price Harry and Meghan Markel. If you would like to join this Stitch Along, you can purchase the kit with 20% off until 19th May.
Below: Laura, aged 16, putting stitches in the Bedspread