Baby rug is a right Royal present

Euan Pringle, Owner of  Otterburn Mill, with the baby rug.
Euan Pringle, Owner of Otterburn Mill, with the baby rug.

A baby rug has been sent as a gift to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate the anticipated arrival of their first-born child, with the hope of carrying on a Royal tradition which began more than 85 years ago.

Back in 1926, on the birth of Princess Elizabeth, Buckingham Palace contacted Otterburn Mill requiring a bespoke rug that would fit the Royal pram.

The request followed a visit to Alnwick Castle when Queen Alexandra – the current Queen’s great-grandmother – was presented with a hand-spun travelling rug from the mill.

Now, eight decades on, and the Northumberland tourist attraction has sent an Otterburn Baby Rug to the expectant parents, keeping the Royal ritual alive.

Mill owner Euan Pringle said: “We are delighted to carry on a tradition that started with a Royal visit to Northumberland so many years ago, and hope it continues with the new generation – we wish them all the best with their new arrival.”

Following the Royal request for the custom baby rug in 1926, and because it was impossible to make just one, 20 were made.

Fenwick in Newcastle took them on and sold out in two weeks.

Today, the Otterburn Baby Rug is known throughout the British Isles. It is made from 100 per cent wool and is available in pram size.