Prince to wear Foster wool


Prince to wear Foster wool

FOSTER farmers Russell and Nancy Jones grow wool so good it’s worthy of being worn by the British Royal Family.

A FOSTER sheep farming family can proudly boast they grow wool fit for a king.
Well, a future king at least.
Nancy Jones and her son Russell are among farmers from across Australia to have donated wool for a suit Prince William will wear on his wedding day: April 29.
The Joneses selected nothing but their finest Merino wool to give to His Royal Highness, upholding Australia’s international reputation as producers of superb wool.
They joined the campaign by peak wool body, Australian Wool Innovation, to collect wool samples from across the country to be turned into a unique fine suiting fabric and sent to the famous bespoke tailors of Savile Row, London.
The suit will be presented to the prince with a card bearing the names and addresses of all donor farmers, including the Joneses.
Ms Jones heard about the plan on the radio and selected wool from the best Merino ewe on her property.
“It makes you feel excited to contribute to Prince William’s wedding suit, especially as he will probably be our future king,” she said.
After farming for more than 50 years, the prince is the most famous person Ms Jones has supplied wool to and she is a fan of the British Royal Family. A photo of the late Princess Diana hangs on her wall.
“I just think the Royal Family are nice but I suppose they are no different to the rest of us and get up to mischief too, but I look up to them,” Ms Jones said.
Despite a wet winter hindering production of fine wool last season, the Joneses were still able to find wool of 20 microns for the prince.
While the prince may not wear the suit during the ceremony, he is likely to don the gift at some stage during his wedding day.
Ms Jones kept some of the wool herself and plans to mount it in a frame with a wedding photo from a magazine.
She will watch the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on television, and no doubt will pay particular attention to his attire.
AWI chief executive officer Stuart McCullough said the gift would be a fitting gesture of thanks after Prince William’s father, the Prince of Wales, initiated the five year Campaign for Wool last year.
“The idea of dressing Prince William for his wedding to Kate Middleton was in fact raised by woolgrowers at the AWI annual general meeting last year,” he said.
“It would be an appropriate gift after the brilliant campaign the Prince of Wales began which has helped to re-connect the world with our natural and biodegradable fibre.”
Any leftover fabric may be auctioned online, with proceeds going to a charity to be nominated by the young couple.

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