Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Northern Ireland firm’s Titanic theme for Kate Middleton’s luxury suite

The Titanic wallpaper in the suite which was built by a Northern Ireland firm
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Catherine Middleton waves to the crowds as she arrives at The Goring Hotel after visiting Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England. With less than 24 hours to go final preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton are in place. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Catherine Middleton;
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: An Irish Guardsmen comes under close inspection at Victoria Barracks on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The Irish Guards returned from active duty in Afghanistan at the beginning of April, and are now preparing for ceremonial duties. Prince William is the Colonel of the Regiment and the Irish Guards will be on duty at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matthew Else;

Kate Middleton’s last night as a single woman was spent in a Titanic-themed Royal suite built by an Ulster firm, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

When Stephen Purdy and Phillip Moorhead won the contract to refurbish six bedrooms and a Royal suite at the Goring Hotel, they had no idea they would be part of history.

The business partners, who together run 3interior Contracts in Rathfriland, Co Down, were awarded the contract in December last year after the Royal couple announced their engagement.

Part of the brief was to create a Royal suite fit for a future Queen, by amalgamating five bedrooms.

The Royal apartment which the Ulster men created has a £5,000-a-night price tag and consists of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a drawing room and a dining room.

No expense was spared by the hotel for the soon-to-be Princess.

The bathrooms are floor to ceiling marble, with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology in every room. The master bedroom where Kate spent last night is lined with a silk pattern originally designed for the Titanic by The Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company.

“We were told that the silk pattern hasn’t been used since the Titanic,” Phillip said.

Despite speculation, the men said they had no idea just how prestigious the suite’s status would turn out to be.

Philip explained: “We were one of several firms who tendered for the job.

“It was obviously an amazing job to get because of the hotel’s link with the Royals.”

He continued: “I was just in the hotel yesterday to make sure everything was ok.

“What a fantastic and brilliant thing for us all to be involved in. To think that the suite is going be sought after the world over is amazing.

“People will want to sleep in that bed, because a future Queen stayed there.”

Stephen said that the contract was to be completed at the end of April, but the men were asked to finish the build three weeks early, in time for the wedding.

“We were one of several Northern Ireland companies involved in this and we feel this says a lot about the local construction industry,” said Stephen.

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