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Royal Baby Archie makes first appearance to the world in Nottingham-made shawl

Royal baby Archie Harrison made his debut wrapped in a shawl made by a Nottingham based knitwear firm. Credit: PA

New royal baby Archie Harrison made his debut wrapped in a shawl made by the same Nottingham company that was used by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their children.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex preserved a royal tradition going back decades when they introduced their son to the world for the first time, swaddled in a white merino wool shawl knitted by a small, family-run company.

Prince Harry cradled his son Archie, who was tucked up in the hand-finished shawl made by GH Hurt & Son, based in Chilwell.

Here's the moment the staff at the knitwear firm saw the royal baby wrapped up in one of their shawls:

It is called the Leaves And Flowers Baby Shawl, with shell detailing on each edge, and costs £105.00 according to the company's website.

A spokesman for GH Hurt & Son said its staff were "delighted" to see the royal couple emerge from Windsor Castle. He added:

We feel so proud and honoured that Harry and Meghan have chosen our beautiful merino wool lacy knitted baby shawls and in doing so have continued a royal tradition now going back over 70 years.

– Spokesman for GH Hurt & Son

The firm has a long-standing connection to the Royal Family. Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were all swaddled in shawls made by the company in their first appearances on the doorstep of the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London.

The firm said the Duke of Cambridge was wrapped in a similar shawl in 1982. Its shawls have also been used previously by other members of the Royal Family.

Outside of royal circles, the garment has drawn the celebrity seal of approval.

Victoria Beckham was seen using the brand to cover her daughter Harper in Los Angeles in 2011.