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London Fashion Week never fails to bring the UK’s most stylish out of hibernation and into the spotlight. Usually we see famous faces in the form of movie stars, street style icons, editors and influencers, but a very special guest of honour made a surprise appearance at Richard Quinn’s show this past week.

Nestled front row next to American Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour (a hot spot of a seat for sure) was none other than the Queen of England herself. The Queen. Of. England!

The 91-year-old monarch looked regal in a light blue tweed skirt and blazer combo (which was embellished with teensy Swarovski crystals), sensible black heels and black leather gloves. Wintour, of course, was in a tea-length floral frock and her signature black plastic sunnies. The pair was spotted engaging in friendly chit chat before the show, and we can only imagine what the back and forth must’ve been about. Crumpets? Crowns? The rumours swirling around why Kanye sat out this latest season at NY Fashion Week?

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Let it be known that when the Queen of England decides to attend a Fashion Week runway show, she doesn’t put her bottom on a fold-up chair or bench as commoners do. Instead, the Queen had some kind of regal pillow placed on top of her seat to add some cush for her tush.

Her Royal Highness was surely interested in the avant garde fashion wafting down the runway, but her attendance went beyond the show itself. After the curtain call, the Queen was lead to podium on the catwalk to present the up-and-coming designer with the first-ever Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. It’s a huge win for Quinn, and an honour that he’ll carry with him throughout his career.

 

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“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,” said the Royal matriarch, describing the new award as “a tribute to the industry and my legacy and all those who have contributed to British fashion.”

You can only imagine that Her Majesty will wear threads designed by Quinn in the very near future. But who knows whether or not her and Anna will have another public encounter as adorable as this.