Queen Elizabeth Graces London Fashion Week for the First Time

Queen Elizabeth Graces London Fashion Week for the First Time

Photo by: Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Flickr


At 91, the longest-reigning British monarch, Queen Elizabeth, made an inaugural visit at the London Fashion Week’s BFC Show Space in central London on February 20, the final day of the event, to present an award recognizing excellence in British fashion, reported Daily Mail Online.

Seated in the front row and wearing an Angela Kelly light blue tweed dress and jacket embellished with Swarovski crystals, with a brooch and a pair of black gloves, the Queen was flanked by Caroline Rush, the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council in Burberry, and US Vogue Editor Anna Wintour in an Alexander McQueen dress and her trademark dark glasses.

Kelly, the British fashion designer who has been the Queen’s personal assistant and senior dresser since 2002, joined them in the front row, sitting beside Wintour.

Her Royal Majesty watched Richard Quinn’s runway show showcasing his Fall 2018 Ready-to-wear collection.

When it concluded, Rush gave a brief speech before introducing Queen Elizabeth to hand the award.

Quinn, popular for creating avant-garde designs, became the first-ever recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

A Masters in Fashion from Central Saint Martins, a renowned art school in London, he established his label in 2016, focusing on womenswear and textiles, according to his profile at the London Fashion Week website.

“It was really surreal...was really nice...a real privilege for me,” said Quinn.

He added: “The Queen is just iconic. She was, I believe, the first female Royal to wear trousers. So she is cutting edge in her own right.”

Prior to her fashion week appearance, the Queen also visited a millinery exhibition.