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John Key Suit Shares Origin With Queen Mother's Wedding Dress

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John Key
John Key

A wool and jade suit made for the New Zeland Prime Minister to attend Friday's wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has a remarkable link with British royalty.

Its cloth was produced in the West Yorkshire village of Denby Dale where Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's wedding dress was made in 1923.

The fabric for John Key's attire is the product of Dormeuil designer, Bryan Dolley, using merino wool from Haldon Range in Marlborough and incorporating West Coast jade.

It was made just a stone's throw from the mill that produced the flowing silk nuptial dress for Prince William's great grandmother, the then Duchess of York.

"It is a real co-incidence that nearly 80 years apart there is another local connection between events surrounding a royal wedding," Bryan says.

"Denby Dale was known for its high quality of garment manufacture at the turn of the 20th Century, clearly a tradition that continues today."

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