This is why you might have seen the Royal helicopter flying over Sheffield this morning

The Royal helicopter touched down in Sheffield this morning.
The Royal helicopter touched down in Sheffield this morning.

If you’ve looked into the skies above Sheffield this morning, you may have spotted a very distinctive helicopter – that of the Royal Family.

The distinctive burgundy aircraft landed at the city’s Don Valley Bowl earlier this morning carrying the Princess Royal.

The distinctive aircraft landed at the Don Valley Bowl.

The distinctive aircraft landed at the Don Valley Bowl.

Her Royal Highness is in the city for a royal engagement – she’s opening a new shoe factory in Burngreave.

In her role as president of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, she is opening Goral and Son Limited in Spital Hill before flying on to an appointment at York Racecourse.

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Goral, which has had a factory in Sheffield since 1936, prides itself on handcrafted shoes.

The Princess Royal is opening a shoe factory in Sheffield

The Princess Royal is opening a shoe factory in Sheffield

A statement on the company’s website said: “All Goral shoes are handcrafted in Sheffield from start to finish with all our production processes carried out by skilled craftsmen.

“Our factory is family run; currently by its third generation, dating back to 1936 and supporting the traditional heritage of shoemaking. Our master craftsmen use skills that go back generations and put their love and passion into every pair.

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“Each shoe is meticulously finished by hand in a labour-intensive process; it takes more than 200 individual steps to handcraft a pair of our shoes. Care and precision must be taken to ensure all shoes are created to the highest possible standard. Great attention is paid to even the smallest details to confirm each pair leaving our factory is nothing less than perfect.

“Our shoes are made using only high-quality materials, which we carefully select from the best tanneries and suppliers around the world. We can proudly say that we have total control over our shoes from the very beginning to end.

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Our shoes stand out through their contemporary design and continuing traditional British manufacturing. Our goal is to design shoes that combine comfort, quality and style with timeless trends; we hope this is displayed in every pair we create.