The incredible story behind Prince William's $30 bobble hat in Sweden

By Laura Sutcliffe

Prince William's toque on day one of his four-day royal tour of Swedenwith wife Kate appeared to be a simple $30 bobble hat, but it's actually the result of the most incredible story. The brand, Gandy's London, is the brainchild of the Forkan brothers, who started the independent label after tragedy struck their family. While travelling around the world to volunteer at Indian charities, the duo lost both their parents during the Boxing Day tsunami, fleeing with their younger siblings to Sri Lanka before travelling back tot he UK alone.

This chain of horrendous events inspired the pair, and in 2012 Rob and Paul founded Gandy's, a label which produces wearable apparel with 10 per cent of all their profits going to help underprivileged children that were affected by the tsunami. On the 10-year anniversary of the tsunami, the brothers opened their first Orphans for Orphans children's home in Sri Lanka.


Kate Middleton and Prince William stand side by side in their bobble hats
Prince William cosied up in the $30 hat

Their special story has touched the hearts of many, and attracted the attention of the royals. The brothers were invited to BuckinghamPalace in 2012, for the Queen's Young Leaders programme, where their shared their unique journey with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. In 2016, the dream team opened their first flagship store in Spitalfields Market in London - and their incredible label has continued to grow ever since.

product shot: bobble hat Prince William was wearing
The bobble hat is by Gandy's London

Prince William wore the Snow Star bobble hat in Sweden whilst playing a game of Bandy hockey with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge. This textured knit hat features a trendy Fair Isle design in a smart burgundy shade and has the brand logo sewn on the back. The dazzling accessory is sold out online, but there are a huge array of winter warmers that are the perfect for the colder months.

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