Revealed – kate’s grey sandringham hat was made from baby alpaca fur _ daily mail online
But now the Duchess of Cambridge has proved her green credentials by wearing ethical fur, taken from alpacas, who die from natural causes – rather than being bred for their pelts.
MailOnline has discovered that the silver grey alpaca fur hat, which Kate teamed with her recycled £1,541 moss green Sportmax coat, when she joined the royals and Middleton family at church in Sandringham, was made in Sicuani, in the depths of Peru under the Fairtrade label by local artisans using alpacas, killed in the harsh climate.
The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her thrifty behavior and once again she recycled an old number as she headed to church today by William’s side.
It must always be in the back of her mind when deciding what to wear that the world is watching, but somehow she manages to make it look so effortless.
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Kate, who is 35 today, bought the £320 hat from milliners Lock & Co, which has Royal warrants from the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales – she has more than a dozen hats from the company, including her favourite black Fairytale headpiece and brown Betty Boop hat.
But, in a twist, the Sumac Alpaca Fur Hat was not designed by royal favourite Sylvia Fletcher but by a Peruvian designer, Antonia Valentin Jacob, who grew up in an impoverished and violent shanty home in the capital Lima.
Antonia visits the alpacas in the freezing mountains of Sicuani, 11,000ft above sea level three times and year and insists she only uses animals that have perished in the harsh climate.
Farmers sheer them annually in the spring and sell their shearlings to manufacturers, who make blankets, sweaters, ponchos, gloves, hats and scarves out of them.
‘They are fantastic hats,’ added Antonia, who lives and works with her husband Simon, a former property developer in West Wickham, Kent. Home decorating ideas photo gallery ‘They are made by people who can’t read or write.
‘The alpacas are not bred for slaughter. Decoration home store They die of natural causes in the harsh weather conditions and the farmers suffer terrible losses because they make money from sheering them for their fleeces. Interior home design blogs I visit them three times a year, flying to Cusco and take a bus to Sicuani to work with them. Home decorating ideas halloween The ideas come from two worlds.’
It has been a long journey for Antonia from her childhood in Lima to life in Kent. Interior home design websites ‘I had no real life with my parents,’ she said. Home office decorating ideas ‘Our life was very impoverished.
‘My life changed at the age of 15 when I persuaded my father that I should get a job to help out with the bills. Decorating your home I met Renée, who came from an aristocratic family, and she took me on as their nanny to look after her grand-daughter Maria Trilse. Decoration of new home For the first time I had my own bed and bedroom. Interior home design plans I would spend the day at her house and the evenings at her daughter Vivianna’s. Home decor hanging pictures She always treated me like family and told me I could live with her as long as I wanted.’
She encouraged Antonia to go to school and she ended up studying economics at Lima University, where Vivianna’s husband Ludovico was a lecturer.
When he came to Britain, to study for his doctorate at Brighton University, they employed her as an au pair. U home interior design She arrived in Britain on January 3, 1987, with a temperature of 102, just before the birth of their second child Ludovico, and has never left.
The couple got married at Bromley register office in 1993 and had their reception at London’s Inner Temple, where her father-in-law Isaac was a barrister.
Antonia is still in touch with her benefactor, whose husband Enrique died last year. Home decorating idea photos ‘I’m going to send her a photograph of Kate wearing my hat,’ she says. Interior home decor magazines ‘She will be thrilled.’