Brolly good show, Ma'am! How the Queen, Kate and Camilla sheltered from the rain in style on pageant day with bespoke umbrellas
15:05 GMT, 4 June 2012
It was the biggest Royal event of the year yesterday. And as befits a big British occasion, the rain was persistent and relentless.
But as ever, the Queen and her family were prepared for the inevitable inclemency thanks to their Royal warranted umbrella maker, Fulton.
The East End umbrella maker, founded in 1956 by engineer Arnold Fulton and now the country's largest supplier of umbrellas and so-called 'rain accessories', has long been the Queen's go-to choice for brollies.
Her Majesty favours a transparent 'birdcage' umbrella so that her public can still see her, and has them trimmed with the appropriate colour so that the umbrella matches her outfit exactly.
As the Queen stepped off the Spirit of Chartwell
yesterday she sheltered from the rain under her custom made Fulton
umbrella, while Camilla opted for a black-trimmed brolly
The Duchess of Cambridge carried a red Huntsman's style, the off-the-peg version of which retails for around 19 at the East End umbrella makers
The off-the-peg versions of the Queen's preferred style retails for 16 in the company's shop and on their website, where it is billed as 'a real fashion icon as worn by the Queen'.
Yesterday, the Queen opted for a white trimmed umbrella, which got its first airing as she stepped off the royal barge when yesterday's Jubilee pageant came to an end at Tower Bridge.
Camilla had a cream outfit, with black accessories, and as such chose an umbrella with a black trim.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who ordered a black-trimmed transparent umbrella to match her Temperley dress at the War Horse premiere which William held gallantly over his wife's head, yesterday plumped for a bright scarlet umbrella to complement her vibrant Alexander McQueen dress. Kate's umbrella was the men's Huntsman's style, which retails at 19, rendered in the perfect colour.
'We get the colours pretty spot on,’ Nigel Fulton said of his royal commissions.
'We are immensely proud of our Royal connections and are committed to offering consistently superior rainwear with the hope to build upon our relationship for generations to come.'
The birdcage umbrella style that the Queen prefers is available on Fulton's website for 16. The Queen has hers made bespoke in colours to match her outfits
LONG MAY IT REIGN! HISTORY OF A ROYAL UMBRELLA MAKERS
Royal warrant: Fulton umbrella makers
Founded in 1956 by engineer and inventor Arnold Fulton in a small factory in London, Fulton has grown to become the largest supplier of umbrellas and rainwear accessories in the UK today.
According to the firm's website, they say that 'quality, technical innovation and fashion design' are at the heart of Fulton ideology.
'We use only the highest quality materials and exacting engineering standards before we hand-finish every product,' they say.
'Our long-standing British heritage and quality design have been recognised across the world and we are honoured to hold a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty The Queen, and previously to Her Majesty The Queen Mother.
'Our in-house fashion design studio and technical research department ensure that Fulton continues to lead the industry, brightening up the dullest of days.'
'Fulton’s champion product continues to be the iconic Birdcage umbrella, a transparent style favoured by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge.
'Originally invented by Arnold Fulton in the 60s, the Birdcage has been updated over the years to include an advanced strengthened fibreglass frame with a unique opening mechanism, and is the best selling walking-length umbrella to-date.'