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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Burton in Staffordshire to open the new National Football Centre

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Firm 'delighted' at royal couple's shawl choice

The Prince of Cambridge emerged from hospital to be seen by the world for the first time wrapped in a blanket made by a firm in Nottingham.

The super-fine merino wool shawl was made by GH Hurt & Sons, which is based in Chilwell.

Gillian Taylor, director of the company, said:

"We were so delighted when the royal couple emerged from St Mary's Hospital with their newborn son wrapped in one of our traditional hand-finished shawls.

"A similar shawl was used for HRH Prince William in 1982. Our shawls were also used previously by other members of the Royal Family.

"We feel honoured that William and Kate have chosen to use our beautiful merino wool shawl and in doing so have continued a tradition for the next generation of royals."

– Gillian Taylor, Director GH Hurt & Sons

Royal baby's shawl made by Nottingham business

The shawl which wraps the Prince of Cambridge is made by GH Hurt & Son Credit: PA

The Prince of Cambridge made his first public appearance wearing a hand finished shawl made by a textiles company in Nottingham.

The merino wool shawl was produced by small family run firm GH Hurt & Son which is based in Chilwell.

William and Kate with baby Cambridge outside the St Mary's Hospital in Paddington Credit: PA

The creation is similar to one Prince William had as a baby, which was also made by the same firm.

GH Hurt & Son, which has worked with the Royal family for many years, says it feels 'honoured' that William & Kate chose to unveil their newborn son to the world wearing their shawl.

The company experienced a rush of orders for the super-fine christening shawl following the appearance, which retails at £45.

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How serious is Kate's condition? Full report

As the world celebrates the news of an expected royal baby, a mother from the Midlands who has had the same severe pregnancy sickness as the Duchess of Cambridge says the condition is horrendous.

Like the Duchess, Sara Hannak suffered from Hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition which can make eating and drinking impossible. She lost two stone due to the illness. A warning that Balvinder Sidhu's report contains flash photography.

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What is severe pregnancy sickness?

Some of the effects of acute morning sickness include:

  • Severe vomiting which means the woman cannot keep food or liquid down.
  • Sickness which lasts for the first three months
  • Dehydration and weight loss
  • The illness affects 3.5 people per 1,000 women
  • It can cause the woman to vomit blood
  • Other symptoms include severe nausea, low blood pressure and fast heart rate, headaches, lethargy or confusion.

More on this on the ITV National site.

Pottery company's commemorative mug for royal baby

The Emma Bridgewater commemorative mug
The Emma Bridgewater commemorative mug Credit: Emma Bridgewater

A pottery company is making special mugs to mark the birth of the royal baby.

Emma Bridgewater, based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, started work on the mug yesterday (3 December).

Emma Bridgewater said: "I think we have been quite quick off the mark with this one, I'm sure it will be followed by another mug bearing the Royal baby's name next year.

“Matthew [Rice, co-founder] and I are unabashed royalists and were delighted to welcome both the Prince of Wales and Duke of York to our factory last year. These mugs are a treat to make.”

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