Cardiff grandmother knits Diamond Jubilee carriage

May 31, 2012 10 Comments »
Cardiff grandmother knits Diamond Jubilee carriage

Norah Howarth, who will turn 87 during the Queen's jubilee, and has celebrated the occasion by knitting the horse and carriage with The Queen and Prince Philip.

It’s the Queen and Prince Philip as you’ve never seen them before.

Cardiff great-grandmother Norah Howarth has knitted a two-foot royal carriage to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

Norah is so dedicated to the Royal Family she has even abandoned celebrating her 87th birthday on Wednesday because it falls the day after the Jubilee celebrations.

“The Queen has stolen my thunder,” said Mrs Howarth, who has four children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

“I think after that my birthday would be a bit of an anti-climax so I’m forgetting about it this year.

“I can’t have my birthday right after the Jubilee. I’ll have an extra special birthday next year instead to make up for it.”

The carriage took Mrs Howarth, from Birch Court, Birchgrove, around three weeks to create.

The Royal carriage.

She started by knitting the Queen and Prince Philip but decided to add some extravagance by putting them in a horse-drawn carriage.

Mrs Howarth was already practised in the art, having knitted the royal wedding party last year, including William and Kate, the Royals and even the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents.

“The last one sat on the mantelpiece in the lounge for a while – it caused quite a stir with people coming to visit. It was quite impressive,” she said.

“I’ve always been interested in the Royal Family.”

But Mrs Howarth has been coy about telling her family about the latest creation – modestly waiting for them to see it themselves before letting on.

“I haven’t told my family anything about the carriage yet, I just get on with it really,” she said.

“They’ll see it when they next come and visit.

“It did take quite a bit of time. I did just the Queen and Prince Philip to begin with but I thought it could do with something more so I put them in the carriage together.

“It has been admired quite a bit here.”

To see where Cardiff’s street parties are this Bank Holiday weekend, check out our Diamond Jubilee map.

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10 Comments

  1. Arif Latif May 31, 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    It is wouderful.A great job done at this age.Pray for his health and long life

  2. Arif Latif May 31, 2012 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Wouderful job done at this age.Pray for her health and long life

  3. Ekta May 31, 2012 at 11:46 am - Reply

    that's really sweet .. aw.. great 😀

  4. Teresa Burris May 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    A lovely tribute for the Queen's Jubilee. Happy Birthday to Mrs Howarth. If Mrs Howarth wants to use her knitting skills to help others she would be more than welcome to join Age Concern Cardiff and the Vale's knitting project

  5. Robyn June 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Hello from Oz. Absolutely beautiful. Wish the pattern was available.

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