Queen Elizabeth II shocked fashion’s elite when she made her first ever appearance at London Fashion Week at the age of 91 on Tuesday.
Sitting front row next to American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, The Queen delighted fans as she watched the Richard Quinn show – sat in her very own Philippe Starck Perspex ‘ghost’ chair complete with arm rests and a blue velvet cushion.
Escorted by the chief executive of the British Fashion Council, Caroline Rush, The Queen – who has been described as the nation’s most reluctant style icon – made her surprise appearance to award the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Quinn.
The London born designer was handpicked by Rush and Vogue’s Sarah Mower, the BFC’s ambassador for emerging talent.
Following the show, Her Majesty handed over the rose-shaped award – designed by Angela Kelly, who has served as The Queen’s personal assistant and senior dresser since 2002 – to Quinn, describing it as her “legacy” to British fashion.
Thanking the British Fashion Council for choosing Quinn, Her Majesty said, “From the tweed of the Hebrides to Nottingham lace, and of course Carnaby Street, our fashion industry has been renowned for outstanding craftsmanship for many years, and continues to produce world-class textiles and cutting-edge fashion designs.”
The Queen described the award as “a tribute to the industry and my legacy and all those who have contributed to British fashion.”
The award was created to recognise the fashion industry’s contribution to society and diplomacy. It will be awarded annually to an emerging British designer for exceptional talent and originality.
Meanwhile, it wasn’t just the FROW who were shocked and delighted to see The Queen make her LFW debut – fans also flocked to social media to express their delight at seeing the monarch.
Another added, “Wow, The Queen, front row at London Fashion Week. She looks so happy to be there! Best news story I’ve heard today!”
While a third said, “The Queen attending London Fashion Week is everything!”