Queen Elizabeth's Dressmaker Is Now Making Scrubs to Help Support Health Workers

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On a normal day, Stewart Parvin would have his hands full with designing, stitching and fitting colorful outfits for the one and only Queen Elizabeth. But since the spread of COVID-19 and the cancellation of pretty much all of the monarch's public appearances, Parvin has pivoted to use his dressmaking skills in an entirely new way—to make scrubs for health care workers.

In a tweet on April 9, Parvin gave us a peek at the navy blue scrubs he and his team have been stitching. The charitable designs will be donated to an NHS foundation trust that works with multiple hospitals throughout England.

He also implored other designers, dressmakers and even home sewers to get involved as well through groups that help coordinate donations from individuals or small groups. And while she hasn't commented directly, QEII is likely in full support of Parvin's efforts and message.

Just two days before Parvin's tweet, the queen issued a personal note to all healthcare workers in honor of World Health Day in which she thanked doctors, nurses and others within the healthcare professions “for your selfless commitment and diligence as you undertake vitally important roles to protect and improve the health and well-being of people across the Commonwealth, and around the world... In testing times, we often observe that the best of the human spirit comes to the fore; the dedication to service of countless nurses, midwives and other health workers, in the these most challenging of circumstances, is an example to us all. My family and I send our enduring appreciation and good wishes.”

And in a rare televised address a few days earlier, Queen Elizabeth emphasized the public's responsibility to tackle this disease together. “We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return,” she told the 24 million viewers who tuned in. “We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.” And presumably we will have an opportunity to see the queen sporting one of Parvin's gloriously bright ensembles again, as well. In the meantime, keep those royally-approved scrubs coming, sir!



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