Prince Charles met with cutters, seamstresses and pattern makers when he visited the Emma Willis house of shirt making on Monday in Gloucester.
The Prince of Wales saw firsthand the work that goes into producing the finest of garments by those employed, according to the Clarence House Instagram account.
The company specifically employs those in desperate need of support. He was introduced to two of the company's cutters, Nareen Hussain and Ibrahim Khalil, who are both Syrian refugees, on his visit.
Further, he was also introduced to the Sewing Scholars programme which offers local young people, who are unable to go to university, a five-year placement at Emma's factory to learn key sewing skills, while learning more about Style for Soldiers, which provides complimentary smart clothing and bespoke walking sticks for injured servicemen and women.
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In Gloucester today, The Prince of Wales toured the @emmawillislondon workshop. The workshop maintains traditional methods of shirt making and hand cutting, whilst introducing local young people to the industry through employment and training. The company works with local charities in Gloucester to help support people in need through employment. In the cutting room, His Royal Highness today met two of the company’s cutters, Nareen Hussain and Ibrahim Khalil, who are both Syrian refugees. Later, in the sewing room, The Prince met @condenast Sewing Scholars. ?? The programme offers local young people, who are unable to go to university a five-year placement at Emma’s factory to learn key sewing skills. In 2008, Emma started @styleforsoldiers, a charity providing complimentary smart clothing and bespoke walking sticks for injured service men and women. His Royal Highness this afternoon met staff and injured service personnel sponsored by the charity, and viewed pieces of artwork that were included in the ‘Art in the Aftermath’ exhibition. ?? The exhibition was on display in 2018 and featured painting, poetry, film, and sculpture by injured service personnel recovering through the creative process from the trauma of war. . ?? PA / Clarence House
Though Prince Charles was on a visit – he later thanked Emma Willis herself for all the work she does saying, "I just wanted to come really to thank you, more than anything, for the wonderful things you do, apart from making fantastic shirts and boxer shorts and everything else. But everything you do for our armed forces and all those who had the horror of being wounded in one way or another, it is a wonderful thing you do" – the prince has worked with Emma before.
According to HELLO! Magazine, His Royal Highness has been coming to the workshop for years, having Emma produce his Swiss cotton shirts.
"I was approached by one of his dressers about six years ago, and the dresser said His Royal Highness would like to try my shirts. So I went to Clarence House and measured His Royal Highness for the first time and we've been making his shirts ever since. And one of the things we specialise in is very fine Swiss cottons, and he loves lovely soft fabrics," Emma said.
But fittings for the future king isn't quite the same as it was back then. While on the factory floor the prince was given a shirt but said candidly, "Very kind of you – you've got my measurements.
"I struggle to keep them the same, a never-ending battle," he joked.