Fashion history was made on Tuesday.
Queen Elizabeth sat in the front row at London Fashion Week, her first-ever appearance at the British fashion industry’s biggest annual event.
She sat next to Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief.
Anna Wintour actually smiled.
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Like we said, history was made.
The Queen’s appearance at designer Richard Quinn’s show was a surprise, according to British media.
“The Queen’s visit to the London Fashion Week headquarters in The Strand in London had been kept strictly secret, and her low-key arrival caused a ripple of astonishment among those normally too fashionable to create a scene,” The Daily Mail reported.
“She began by viewing a millinery exhibition curated by the legendary Stephen Jones.”
Her Majesty later presented Quinn with the new Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, honoring him as an “emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or strong sustainable policies.”
The colorful prints and headscarves on Quinn’s runway seemed to emulate the Queen’s own personal style, noted London’s The Telegraph, though she’s typically seen wearing a crown and not a motorcycle helmet.
In an audience largely and boringly attired in black, the Queen looked like spring in a duck-egg blue suit embellished with crystals created by her personal dresser, Angela Kelly, who also designed the fashion award inspired by the Queen Elizabeth rose.
The monarch’s handbag and shoes were black. So were Wintour’s signature sunglasses, which, per usual, she didn’t take off indoors … which people thought was rude in the presence of the Queen.
News of this rare appearance spread faster than juicy gossip.
The Queen. At a fashion show. Did you ever?
Will we ever again?
Let it be known that her Majesty did not clap.
Because, you know. Queen.