Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

London Fashion Week: The Queen Takes in a Fashion Show

London Fashion Week: The Queen Takes in a Fashion Show

Quinn described the occasion as "a bit surreal", adding that he would like to dress future royal family member Meghan Markle, who will marry Prince Harry in May.

Designer Richard Quinn is the first recipient of the Queen's award, which he received after the show.

Rumours swirled that Her Majesty would be present at 180 The Strand, the official home of this week's fashion festivities, and our editors confirmed her arrival shortly before the Richard Quinn show kicked off.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, second left, sits next to fashion editor Anna Wintour, third left, and Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC), left, as they view Richard Quinn's runway show before presenting him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, as she visits London Fashion Week's BFC Show Space in central London.

Queen Elizabeth II may reign over the British throne but that doesn't mean she is opposed to seeking out the ideas of experts when it comes to fashion.

The British-born magazine mogul kept her trademark shades ON as she perched next to the Queen, a clear breach of royal protocol.

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It was the Queen's first time at Fashion Week.

The Queen toured showrooms and met designers before presenting the prize.

The award itself was designed by Angela Kelly, inspired by the Queen Elizabeth rose, and has been hand-produced by Lucy Price at Bauhinia Studios in Birmingham's famous jewellery quarter.

"I would like to thank the British Fashion Council for selecting the first victor - Richard Quinn".

The award, created to recognise the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, will be awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent and originality.

Some Twitter users can't get over the fact that Wintour left her sunglasses on while she sat next to the Queen of England at a fashion show that was held inside. Before the fashion crowd shipped off to Milan, it was joined by none other than Queen Elizabeth II for a final runway sendoff.

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