Ulster Weavers create tea towel tribute to royal baby Charlotte
It's a time-honoured tradition marking a major royal celebration.
A cute new tea towel design from a Northern Ireland company has been produced to commemorate the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.
It's sure to meet the approval of new parents William and Catherine, as Ulster Weavers has held a royal warrant as suppliers of kitchen textiles to the Queen since 1995.
As soon as the princess made her appearance last Saturday - albeit a week late - an initial run of 15,000 tea towels went immediately into production.
Last night a company spokesman said: "We are expecting a big demand for the towels as it is a little princess, so all the more reason for people to want to have something as a special keepsake."
The new design is only the second royal birth that the company has commemorated as the first honour went to the princess's big brother, 21-month-old Prince George.
Ulster Weavers had been working on the design since a second baby on the way for Wills and Kate was officially announced last year.
In pastel green, pink and blue, the tea towel features a baby-delivering stork against a silhouette of Windsor Castle, the royal corgis, an old-fashioned pram, as well as a washing line hung with baby clothes.
The designer responsible for the modern pastel print on the 100% cotton tea towel is 29-year-old Jennie Harvey from Belfast, who is one of six designers working for Ulster Weavers.
She told the Belfast Telegraph: "This is my first royal baby design and we wanted it to be fun as well as traditional and respectful.
"We wanted to create something that was more up to date and also wanted to retain some traditional elements, like the old fashioned pram.
"It was approved internally about three or four months ago after we printed samples of both the blue and pink colourway versions.
"It's been a real honour and I know my family are really proud of my work as I keep sending them online links of all the publicity that has been created," added Jennie.
Ulster Weavers, which is based in Belfast and has a factory in Banbridge, Co Down, also produced some striking tea towel designs to mark William and Kate's wedding in 2011, and the Queen's Jubilee in 2012.
The next major event to be captured in cotton will be this year's Rugby World Cup.
While the initial batch of tea towels are destined for major retail and online customers, readers will be able to buy direct from the Ulster Weavers website at www.ulsterweavers.com priced at £8.15.
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