Sixty years ago, Yorkshire textile mill Hainsworth provided the iconic cloth for the military to wear at The Queen’s Coronation.

In July, the company has been invited to attend the Coronation Festival to celebrate the 60th anniversary of that momentous royal occasion.

Pudsey-based Hainsworth will join more than two hundred Royal Warrant Appointed exhibitors showing their wares in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace from 11 to 14 July.

The Coronation Festival will celebrate innovation, excellence and industry showcasing the broad range of fine brands which have earned the recognition of a Royal Warrant over the years.

A letter regarding the supply of cloth for the Coronation

A letter regarding the supply of cloth for the Coronation

Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh or The Prince of Wales. Warrants have always been regarded as hallmarks of quality, excellence and service.

Hainsworth was awarded its Royal Warrant in 2004 and its Interior Fabrics are used as curtains at Windsor Castle and for the interiors of Buckingham Palace. It is also well known for manufacturing the famous Hainsworth Guard Scarlet cloth which is worn by the Queen’s Guards outside Buckingham Palace and will be on display during this year’s pageantry.

In 1953, the mill provided the Ministry of Supply with cloth to make the uniforms of the Officers of all the Armed Forces involved in the Coronation.

A letter sent to Reuben Hainsworth on 19 May 1953 from the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Supply, said: “I have no doubt that you and your work people will all feel immensely proud of the contribution which you have made to this great pageant, and any of you who view the procession or the troops lining the route will be able to say, whether viewed in the flesh or on the television screen, that you had a hand in putting them there – a very worthy record.”

Reuben’s grandson, Tom Hainsworth, MD of Hainsworth, says, “Hainsworth is proud of its heritage and its long-standing connections with the Royal Family and is hugely honoured to have been chosen to take part in this special festival.”

The Coronation procession

The Coronation procession

Richard Peck, Secretary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, said, “The event will give the British public the opportunity to see the extraordinary quality and variety of skills, craftsmanship and innovation produced by companies here in Britain, presented to the world in a unique showcase.”

The Coronation Festival will be split into four specific areas: Design and Technology, Food and Drink, Style Pursuits and Pastimes, and Homes and Gardens where Hainsworth will be exhibiting.

60,000 visitors are expected at the Coronation Festival who will be able to wander through a number of stunning sets which represent the best of British creativity. Further details can be found at

Hainsworth was founded in 1783 and has a heritage spanning seven generations. The firm has a rich history – its cloth was used to make the uniforms worn by Princes William and Harry at the Royal Wedding and also covers the famous Woolsack in the House of Lords. It has been supplying cloth to the UK Armed Forces since the Duke of Wellington faced Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Hainsworth sells blankets, throws and accessories under its Scarlet & Argent and John Atkinson labels. Its fabrics are also used in the protective clothing worn by firefighters across the globe, while its cloth is used on snooker and pool tables played on by the world’s best players.

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