HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visit Turnbull & Asser

Earlier this month, HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, visited Royal Warrant shirtmaker Turnbull & Asser’s Gloucestershire workrooms, to praise their dedicated team for their contribution in supporting key workers by producing personal protective equipment for the National Health Service, amidst the peak of the Covid-19 crisis.

HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall were warmly greeted by the Gloucester team of machinists, operatives, distribution, and management, who had all played their part in the production of scrubs. Their Royal Highnesses spent time thanking and talking with individual members of the team, before signing the workroom’s visitor book. Regardless of the necessary measures in place to aid social distancing, it was observed that both HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as all at Turnbull & Asser, thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.

We are proud to have been able to make some contribution to the cause, and to have this recognised by HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is a real honour. Our team stepped up to support those working tirelessly on the frontline of our National Health Service, and this visit has been the highest acknowledgement of that act of compassion. Many of our team have played a part in making shirts for His Royal Highness, but to meet him today has been something of a highlight for all here in our Gloucester workroom. – Jonathan Tarlton-Weatherall, Supply Chain Director, Turnbull & Asser

Back in March, as the impact of Coivid-19 began to be felt across the globe, the 135-year-old British brand, who HRH The Prince of Wales bestowed his first-ever Royal Warrant to in 1980, was determined to make a positive contribution. In support of the global effort to ‘flatten the curve,’ and of key workers on the frontline, the team in Turnbull’s Gloucester workrooms deftly turned their hands to the production of much-needed personal protective equipment for the National Health Service.

In a matter of weeks, the production line was recalibrated from luxury British-made shirts to manufacturing medical-grade scrubs, all the while, maintaining proper levels of social distancing. After procuring the necessary equipment, the team set to work proudly producing more than 6,000 sets of scrubs. Collaborating with fellow Royal Warrant holder and distribution partner, Alexandra, the brand distributed their scrubs to frontline healthcare professionals and practices.

Turnbull & Asser’s Gloucester workroom, where every one of their shirts is proudly made, now returns to the production of their esteemed Ready-to-Wear, Made to Measure and Bespoke shirting lines.