Kate Middleton has showed her appreciation to the embroiders of her royal wedding dress in person. The Duchess of Cambridge has made a secret visit to the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday, February 28 to thank those who have contributed to the bridal gown she wore on April 29, 2011.
A spokeswoman at Middleton's office told PEOPLE, "She wanted to personally thank them for their work on the wedding dress. She also wanted to see their work and learn more about what they do there." Her friend made similar remark, telling the Daily Telegraph, "Catherine was keen to express her gratitude in person to the women who worked so hard on her dress."
"She was very conscious of the pressure that they were under," the friend added. The school's chief executive, Susan Kay-Williams, additionally expressed her delight of meeting Prince William's wife. "It was lovely to meet the Duchess of Cambridge and to show her what the Royal School of Needlework does," so she said.
Daily Telegraph reported that 30-year-old Middleton was shown around the workplace during the visit. It was also noted that around 30 of the south-west London school's full and part-time staffers gathered together to greet her, who came solo since her husband is serving with the RAF in the Falklands.
It is reported that the embroiderers worked on the wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, under secrecy. They also had to wash their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine. Middleton's dress is currently kept in a storage run by the Royal Collection.