The Duke of Kent paid a surprise visit to Wilton Carpet Factory yesterday (May 3) and was given a guided tour of the bustling factory floor by production director Rob Load.

Earlier in the day, the Duke had attended an unveiling ceremony of a new chalk badge and plaque marking the creation of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment carved into the hillside at Sutton Mandeville.

The Duke is the grandson of King George V and Queen Mary and he has held the title for more than 75 years.

He showed a keen interest in the weaving processes and machinery used to produce the world-famous brand which lost its Royal title in 1983 when the business was re-named.

On his tour, the Duke met staff and saw a carpet walked n by the Queen earlier in the week at Chelsea Flower Show. He also chatted with Director and Secretary of Wilton Carpets Peter le Count and Wilton Mayor Cllr Peter Edge, Wiltshire Council chairman Allison Bucknell, and HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton.




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