RUGBY player Mike Tindall will kick off married life with Zara Phillips wearing a suit made from Huddersfield cloth.
Dugdale Brothers, of Northumberland Street, have supplied a classic black barathea for the morning suit which the England rugby star will wear when he weds the Queen’s grand-daughter and 12th in line to the throne on July 30 in Edinburgh.
London bespoke tailors Cad & the Dandy were asked to kit out Mike and his male attendants for the big day – and immediately turned to their long-standing Huddersfield supplier.
James Sleater, of Cad & the Dandy, said the fathers of the bride and bridegroom as well as the ushers would be kitted out in the Huddersfield cloth.
He said: “It is going to be an elegant affair – just like William and Kate’s wedding earlier this year.
“We’ll make sure Mike cuts a dashing figure in front of all his new royal relations.”
Mr Sleater said: “The wedding party are all wearing a classic morning suit made from a black barathea cloth made in Huddersfield. The trousers will have a slightly lighter stripe than is traditional, making them more up-to-date.”
The men’s shoes will be practical, smart Oxfords, while the waistcoats will be dove gray or buff – depending on the colour of the bridesmaids' dresses, which haven't yet been finalised.
Details of the bride’s dress will remain a secret until the big day.
This is the second royal wedding with a Huddersfield connection.
Footballer David Beckham wore a suit made from cloth supplied by New Mill-based textile firm Bower Roebuck & Co when he attended the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton earlier this year.
The wedding of Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips will be held at Canongate Kirk on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile followed by a reception at the Palace of Holyrood House.
Mike, who skippers Gloucester, will be joined by England teammate Iain Balshaw, who is to be his best man.
Robert Charnock, of textile merchants Dugdale Brothers, said: “We buy the yarn ourselves and commission it to be woven.
“We supplied four or five samples for Mike to choose from.
“We are very good at our bit of the textile trade and our cloth is on the backs of presidents and prime ministers.
“We don’t always know where it is destined to go, but in this case Mike Tindall was absolutely fine about Cad & Dandy publicising it.
“He’s a good guy and he isn’t bothered about it at all.”
Dugdale Brothers traces its origins to 1896 when Henry Percy and Frederick Herbert Dugdale set up as cloth merchants in Huddersfield – the centre of the UK’s fine worsted industry.
The company remains an exclusive designer, fabric merchant and supplier to Savile Row and to top tailors, couturiers and retailers throughout the world.
Dugdale Brothers has preserved its fabric archive, which goes back several generations and provides inspiration for future commissions.
Cad & the Dandy has shops at Savile Row, in London’s financial centre and at Canary Wharf. It supplies shirts, suits, formal wear, wedding attire, dinner jackets and waistcoats – with morning suits ranging in price from £575 to £875.