Queen Elizabeth II Makes Her First Visit To London Fashion Week

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Wearing a baby blue jacket and dress, Queen Elizabeth II seems to fit in when she graced the London Fashion Week alongside giants in the fashion industry.

Don't think that Her Majesty was only there for fashion purposes, though, as she was there to award the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn. Before presenting the award, Queen Elizabeth sat beside Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in the front row to see the designer's line.

Award For Newcomers

As per the royal family's Twitter account, the award is given to beginning British fashion designers who are slowly making their name in the industry.

The recognition "will be awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or sustainable policies," the tweet read.

Her visit was a far cry from her usual royal appearances. Queen Elizabeth seemingly enjoyed the show, as she casually talked with the fashion guru seating next to her, evident on the photos from the fashion show. Many noted that attending the event was uncommon for her, but the unexpected effort of personally handing the award was something to be regarded as a strengthened support of the royals to fashion designers.

It was also noted that her London Fashion Week visit was kept secret, and her arrival seemed to be inconspicuous, much to the surprise of who's who in the fashion scene. Queen Elizabeth arrived at the event with her designer Angela Kelly.

After watching Quinn's line, British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush cordially acknowledged the presence of the queen and welcomed her. She praised the 91-year-old and said that she is truly a fashion icon. After which, Queen Elizabeth graced the platform and presented the award.

"As a tribute to the industry, and as my legacy to all those who have contributed to British fashion, I would like to present this award for new, young talent," Her Royal Highness said.

Richard Quinn

Quinn accepted the award, obviously looking thrilled, and revealed that it was an honor receiving it from the queen. This designer graduated from Central Saint Martins and was an intern for Dior. The 28-year-old had also started to gain attraction for his works and was also the recipient of H&M's 2017 Design Award. Several news outlets also hailed him as one to be watched for last year, so clearly he had garnered some audience in the industry.

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