Local wool fit for a king
Saturday, 30th April, 2011
By Kurtis Eichler
For wool grower and property owner Robert McBride it’s “magic” to have the heir to the throne wearing his wool on his first official trip as a married man.
Mr McBride, from Tolarno Station near the city, supplied a “couple of kilos” of wool for the grey merino wool suit, which Prince William will show off on his visit to Canada with wife Catherine.
“It’s magic that the king in waiting is essentially wearing our wool,” Mr McBride said.
Wool was donated by 211 Australian wool growers and blended together to make the suit, with the surplus to be auctioned off for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
“It’s more a symbolic gesture,” Mr McBride said.
“It’s good to see that we’re recovering from the worst drought in living memory.”
The 48-year-old father of two said he hoped the wool suit would mean more people would wear the natural fabric and make it in “vogue”.
“We want people to think, ‘the prince wears wool, so we should too,” Mr McBride said.
“Prince Charles is the second largest wool grower in England, and we want young kids in Broken Hill to be excited in their own industry.”