"The new gowns have been much admired. They were worn for the first time at our Installation in December. The workmanship is excellent, particularly the marvelous embroidered suit symbols on the sleeves and ribbon of the Master’s gown."
Lindy Whitlam - Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards
Shepherd and Woodward have been privileged over the year to enjoy assisting the of the City of London and many other City Councils by supplying robes for Alderman, Freemen and Common Councillors, as well as members of the Lord Mayors household including Mace Bearers.
The municipal Corp act established many new Mayoralties throughout the UK and many have given us the opportunity to design and make their robes. Mayors often want their robes based on the patterns used by the City of London and its Livery companies, and in many cases they also like the gowns to incorporate part of their towns heritage.
We have many years of experience under our belt and are able to assist and advise on restoration and repair, as well as being able to replicate and re-design when requested.
Walters & Co were recently commissioned by Blenheim Palace to make replica Coronation Robes for the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. These luxurious gowns now prominently displayed in the Palace and can be viewed often in the Palace’s very spectacular Library.
During the last 300 years there have only been twelve coronations, the last one being in 1953 for Queen Elizabeth II.
These robes the epitome of extravagance and are made from the finest crimson velvet, trimmed in white fur with rows of black spots. The rows of spots explain subtly the Peers rank.
- Duke = 4 Rows
- Marquee = 3 ½ Rows
- Earl = 3 Rows
- Viscount = 2 ½
When considering having one or more the above gowns made we recommend a consultation where possible. We are happy to host these at our store in Oxford or are able to meet in London if it is more suitable.