Wearing gold and pearls, the Princess of Wales headed to Leeds on Tuesday for a visit to a textile mill with deep connections to her father’s family.
Princess Catherine toured the facilities of AW Hainsworth, a family-owned heritage textile mill in Yorkshire on Tuesday. The company was founded in 1783 by Abimelech Hainsworth, and seven generations later, it’s still owned by the Hainsworth family today. The firm has significant links to Kate’s own family, too. In the eighteenth century, William Lupton & Co. had also been established as a business manufacturing and trading woolen goods in Leeds. One of the family’s descendants, Olive Lupton, married solicitor Noel Middleton, who sold the family textile firm to AW Hainsworth in 1958. Noel and Olive were Kate’s great-grandparents.
During her visit, Princess Kate walked through each stage of the production process with representatives from the firm, learning about modern developments that have revolutionized the industry.
AW Hainsworth is famous for supplying the wool used in British military uniforms, and Kate was shown an example during the tour. The military uniform worn by Prince William for the couple’s 2011 royal wedding was made of wool manufactured by AW Hainsworth.
Kate chose a dark green trouser suit made by another British institution, Burberry, for the visit.
She accessorized with yellow gold and pearl jewelry, including a new pair of earrings.
The hoops have been identified as the Rosalia Earrings from Shyla Jewellery, one of Kate’s favorite London-based independent jewelry brands. The earrings are made of gold-plated silver and set with round freshwater pearls.
With the earrings, Kate reached for a yellow gold chain necklace that was already part of her jewelry collection.
This is the Portrait Necklace from Laura Lombardi. It’s made of gold-plated brass and features an oversized toggle clasp.
Kate debuted the necklace in November 2022, wearing it at TD Garden in Boston to watch the Celtics play the Heat.
Kate also owns the Luisa Necklace from Laura Lombardi, which she wore to talk about mental health on BBC Radio 1 back in October 2022.
Here’s another look at Kate’s jewelry from today’s textile-related outing in Yorkshire.