Visit by HRH The Princess Royal to Begg and Co, Ayr – 8th July 2019

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Ayrshire and Arran, Sheriff Iona McDonald, OBE welcomed HRH The Princess Royal when she visited the Begg & Co mill in Ayr on Monday 8th July 2019, in her role as President of the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT).
The company produces luxurious scarves, wraps and blankets from the finest cashmere, silk and wool blend yarns for the Begg & Co brand, as well as for some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses, and has been proudly making in Scotland since 1866. The company employs more than 150 skilled designers and craftspeople
During her visit to Ayr, Her Royal Highness was shown the various stages of production at the mill, met with the skilled team members and was given an overview of the company’s impressive export business.
“We are delighted that HRH The Princess Royal took the time to meet so many of our employees and showed a strong interest in the craftsmanship that goes into making our world-leading products,” said Ian Laird, CEO of Begg & Co. “As an advocate of British textiles, she particularly appreciated the success and growth we’ve had in developing Begg & Co with prestigious retailers around the world.”
Following the visit the Lord-Lieutenant said: “ It was my great honour to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Ayr today. It was clear that is very interested to learn about manufacturing and to be part of promoting Scottish production and textiles. We look forward to more visits to Ayrshire in the future.”
A selection of images from the visit follow: