She took a close personal interest and it was
said to be her favourite charity.
In 1914 The London Guild became Queen Mary’s London Needlework Guild and
it supplied the troops at the front, in addition to the needy at home. The
years between the wars saw the Guild at full strength, providing an
average of 60,000 garments a year - double the modern total.
On the death of Queen Mary in 1953, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen
Mother became Patron, and in 1966 HRH The Princess Margaret also became
In 1986, the name of the Guild was changed to Queen Mary’s Clothing
Guild, as this was considered more descriptive of the work of the Charity.
The Guild was one of the Queen Mother’s favourite charities, and she
remained Patron until her death in 2002.
In 2003, HRH Princess Alexandra became the new Royal Patron.