Royal Bobbly Hats From Glasgow

10 May 2015, 06:23

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to send a specially crafted hat to mark the birth of Princess Charlotte.

A one-off hat will also be sent to Prince George to celebrate him becoming a big brother.

A donation of £50,000 will be split equally between Cash for Kids in Scotland and Turning Point Scotland in the princess' name to further mark her arrival, the Scottish Government announced.

A Tunnock's teacake baby bib will also form part of the gift to the newest member of the royal family, designed by Glasgow School of Art graduate Gillian Kyle.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "The birth of a new baby is always an occasion which brings celebration and joy, and I'm happy to be marking the arrival of Princess Charlotte on behalf of the people of Scotland.

"The £50,000 will go towards two charities that work to make a significant difference to the lives of people across Scotland: Cash for Kids makes it its mission to help children achieve their full potential in life, while Turning Point Scotland is a charity which strives to help those who want to help themselves.

"We also want to make sure that Princess Charlotte is kept warm in her early years and will be sending a lovely personalised hat from Wonky Woolies. Being in the possession of one of the firm's hats, I can personally vouch for their quality.

"Of course, the birth of Princess Charlotte was also a big day for Prince George who became a big brother, and we will make sure he has his own Wonky Woolies hat so there's no headwear-related sibling rivalry.''

The bobble hats will be crafted by Wonky Woolies, a Glasgow-based firm founded and owned by Alison Burn.

She said: "My team and I are honoured to be asked to make this gift for our new baby princess, Charlotte.

"We immediately started chatting excitedly about the colours, design and type of material that would work best. Our thoughts soon turned to our own siblings as we realised there was no way we could make a hat for Charlotte without making one for her big brother George too.

"As the hats are a gift from Scotland we have created a delicate tartan pattern, each incorporating their own name in soft pastel shades using luxurious merino wool. We feel extremely privileged to be selected for this commission and we hope the young prince and princess love their new Wonky hats.''