A tap on the shoulder after meeting The King had an Auchinleck kiltmaker panicking for a second, but the story had an incredible ending.

Graeme Bone from Auchinleck was at a press launch back in 2019 as part of the modern artisan programme with The Prince's Foundation.

The course was a change of pace for the 36-year-old, who had previously been a steel worker, but Graeme said it's the best decision he's ever made.

At the launch, Graeme was in conversation with The King- who was then Prince- and Federico Marchetti, the CEO of UK Net A Porter.

A lovely tartan was lying on the table close to the trio, when Graeme joked to King Charles, "I will make you a kilt in this".

After a quick chuckle and moving on from the moment, Graeme recalled getting a tap on his shoulder, admitting his heart skipped a beat for a moment.

However, incredibly, he was told that he could take the first eight yards of the fabric, donated by His Royal Highness, and turn it into a hand-sewn kilt.

Graeme's adventures have taken him all around the worldGraeme sporting the kilt made by fabric given to him by The King

"The fabric has been given to me by The King, I don't even know where to begin to express my gratitude," Graeme said.

The one-of-a-kind kilt is made up of the official Prince's Foundation Tartan, which is something the man from Auchinleck said he could never have dreamt of when he started the programme.

It's not the only royal that Mr Bone has rubbed shoulders with.

He also recalled The Queen of Malaysia asking him what he was wearing under his kilt at a separate event.

Graeme's adventures have taken him all around the worldGraeme taking part in the Homo Faber event in Venice this year

"She's [Queen of Malaysia] looking at my kilts on the mannequins and I'm just standing there in disbelief," Graeme said.

"She asked me 'what are you wearing underneath your kilt?' and then she proceeded to say 'I'm completely naked underneath all my silk'.

"I was like 'Oh my god, what do I say to her?', but it was just like talking to wee Jean down the street".

Being a local lad, Graeme has come full circle, from playing with his friends on the trees at the estate before the foundation took it over, to joining one of the programmes and becoming an exclusive kiltmaker.

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"Now I'm able to make these different contacts and travel to these different countries and continents all around the world," Graeme continued in disbelief.

"[The modern artisan programme] has opened up a whole new world and has changed my life considerably".

"I never thought I would be able to do half of what I've done, and it's all thanks to the estate and all the programmes that are on it.

"It's hard to put into words, you'll probably have to be from here and see the difference and really appreciate it yourself"