Lady Clare – A Royal Gift

BFM member, Lady Clare Ltd, hit the headlines just before Christmas when its specialist placemats were chosen as a gift for Her Majesty the Queen from the Cabinet to mark the first time the meeting of senior ministers had been attended by a monarch in more than 230 years.

lady clare tablematsBased in Stonehouse in the Cotswolds, Lady Clare manufactured the gift of 60 placemats that was presented to the Queen by members of the Cabinet during her historic attendance of a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 18th December 2012. The press coverage across the UK has sparked considerable interest in Lady Clare’s products and boosted the company’s profile.

Lady Clare’s Managing Director, Simon Moreland said,
“We were thrilled to have been given the opportunity to produce the mats and were particularly honoured to learn that the choice of gift was suggested by Buckingham Palace. We are enormously proud to have produced these beautiful items in Britain.”

The placemats feature 12 images taken from paintings of state rooms within Buckingham Palace that are mounted on a Regal Red painted background with gold frame lines, hand gilded edges and felt backing.

Operating from its base in Gloucestershire, Lady Clare is a well known manufacturer of hand crafted placemats and home accessories. The idea for a placemat decorated with a coloured print was born out of the harsh economic climate of the 1930's. Lady Clare Pigott, the original founder of the company, created the first such place mat in Paris in 1932.  She had collected antique prints from dealers in Berlin where her husband was attached to the British Embassy. Having to entertain diplomats during their next posting to the Embassy in Paris, Lady Clare became concerned at the laundry bills she was incurring for the starched white table cloths formality required her to use for dinners. As a result she created some place mats from shaped and painted hardboard with a flower print applied to the surface and several coats of lacquer.

From these simple origins a business was born. The company’s range now includes placemats for formal and casual dining as well as accessories such as waste paper bins and trays. With over 80 years’ experience, Lady Clare is synonymous with design, quality and service.

“The current economic climate is not dissimilar to the 1930s when Lady Clare first began, but despite changes in taste and design the idea of placemats has never gone out of fashion and it makes the perfect gift – even for a Queen,” said Simon Moreland.  

For more information about the range of products available at Lady Clare please visit or telephone 01453 824482.