Queen Elizabeth's Dressmaker Is Making Scrubs to Aid Health Workers Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

Stewart Parvin is also encouraging others to contribute to the effort.

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In normal times, Stewart Parvin is busy crafting Queen Elizabeth's pastel-hued coats and dresses (opens in new tab)—but lately, he's found a more pressing project.

The Queen's dressmaker revealed on Twitter that he was busy making scrubs, and already about to drop off his first set at an NHS Foundation Trust. Alongside photos of the navy blue garments, Parvin added a message, imploring others to join in the effort.

"If you would like to get involved as a home sewer, or as a business with work space, there are several groups set up that are co-ordinating the effort," he wrote, adding in a second tweet, "As ever, our most grateful thanks to all those risking their own health and working tirelessly to look after and protect us all."

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As the British monarch is currently self-isolating at Windsor Castle for the foreseeable future (opens in new tab), with major royal events—from the Trooping the Colour (opens in new tab) parade to Royal Ascot (opens in new tab) and the Queen's garden parties—either canceled, postponed, or reworked due to the pandemic, Parvin likely has less custom outfits for the Queen on his docket these days, leaving plenty of time to create much-needed scrubs.

The Queen is also surely supportive of his efforts. As she mentioned in her letter to Maundy Thursday gift recipients (opens in new tab), released yesterday by Buckingham Palace, the monarch is staunchly in favor of helping others. The Maundy Day tradition, the Queen wrote, is "a call to the service of others, something that has been at the centre of my life."

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