A FAMOUS Northumberland fishing tackle manufacturer has proof that its clothing is fit for a king – after it was donned by Prince William.
The Duke of Cambridge was pictured sporting a cap made by Greys, part of renowned Alnwick-based Hardy and Greys.
The company has a long history of supplying fishing tackle to the royal family – including William’s father the Prince of Wales.
Bosses at the firm last night spoke of their delight at seeing the prince wearing their gear and said they hoped he would inherit the royal passion for fishing.
The company, based at Willowburn Trading Estate, set up shop in 1873 and is best-known for its heritage fishing rod brand, Hardy.
During its early glory years the firm counted kings, queens and maharajahs among its clientele.
Clients including Prince Charles have been supplied with vintage reels worth up to £30,000.
The Duke of Edinburgh, a fishing enthusiast, visited the Alnwick site in 2001, to unveil a machine that was to revolutionise the way the company makes its famous reels.
Prince William was pictured on a night out with brother Harry recently sporting an orange coloured Greys 3D Pumpkin cap, bearing the company’s name and emblem: “Born to Fish”.
Last night, Ken Brewster, Hardy and Greys’ sales and marketing director, said: “Hardy and Greys has a long history of supplying fishing tackle to the royal family, we currently hold a Royal Warrant granted by Prince Charles.
“We were delighted to see that Prince William chose to wear a Greys Cap recently and we are hopeful that he will inherit his father’s and great grandmother’s passion for fishing.”
Reports in one national newspaper suggested princes William and Harry were out for the stag night of Thomas van Straubenzee, who is shortly to marry the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland’s daughter.
The pair are said to be close friends of Mr van Straubenzee, with Prince Harry and he having gone to school together.
Mr van Straubenzee was reportedly mugged in November 2011 while the two were on the phone, with the prince supposedly coming to his aid.
He is also said to be close to Prince William, serving as an usher when the future king married Kate Middleton in 2011.
The pair went to New Zealand together during their gap years before university.
The London-based friend of the princes, a chartered surveyor who runs property agency Van Han in the capital, is to marry the duke and duchess’ younger daughter Lady Melissa Percy at St Michael’s Church in Alnwick on June 22.
She also lives in London where she works as a tennis coach at the prestigious Queen’s Club.