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Friday, 12 July 2013

Buckingham Palace and Bootees

Now before you jump to any conclusions, yes we have made some bootees, yes they are at Buckingham Palace, but no, they are not (yet) destined for royal tootsies. We shall see....

The reason for this royal activity is of course the Coronation Festival which takes place this weekend.

Scholars from The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) have decorated the Queen’s Summer House at Buckingham Palace, as part of the Coronation Festival celebrations.

Together with Hare and Humphreys, seven scholars have painted murals and decorative effects within the octagonal building set amongst the trees of the Queen's garden and it has been dressed with the work of other scholars including a contemporary dining table, made from English walnut and cherry wood; a commemorative plaque; and a wicker corgi!

The restored Summer House.

As a QEST scholar, Deborah was delighted to champion carreducker too. So, amongst the delights awaiting visitors to the Summer House are a pair of navy blue, brogue bootees. (You were all treated to a special preview in a recent post!). Our beautiful bootees - ideal for a boy or a girl (wink, wink).

Gieves and Hawkes very own 'white cube'

Gieves and Hawkes cutter Mr Lee Webb and his apprentice.

The grandstand at the back of the Palace.

Top British talent on stage, of course.

Beautiful vintage cars.

Deborah in the garden in her Sunday best.

So there you go. Old Liz knows how to throw a party.

Next week we will get back to glue, honest.

Until then, happy shoemaking!