The Queen Sat Front Row at London Fashion Week and the Internet Is Loving It
At 91, Elizabeth II still has the capacity to surprise us. The Queen shocked the fashion world when she made an appearance at London Fashion Week today:
Her Majesty has today visited London Fashion Week to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. #LFW @londonfashionweek The Award, initiated in recognition of 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, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or strong sustainable policies. The first recipient of the Award is British fashion designer Richard Quinn. Richard is an emerging talent who studied at Central St Martin's in London and has been recognised for his exceptional prints. He created a print studio which offers accessible services to students and his peer group of emerging designers. #LFW #londonfashionweek #london
While her majesty has carved out her own signature style niche, she has not before today experienced the world of contemporary high fashion from a VIP seat. She got a front-row seat by the runway, and also presented the first ever Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, which, according to the Royal Family Twitter account, seeks to recognize and honor "the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, [and] 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 Queen presents designer Richard Quinn with the first ever Award For British Design at London Fashion Week.
This year, the award was given to Richard Quinn, whose collection the Queen viewed alongside Vogue Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. The internet responded to this collision of British and fashion royalty in a delighted frenzy:
Well I never, it’s The Queen at London Fashion Week. At 91 she is still a style icon pic.twitter.com/I7mQxzFIWE— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) February 20, 2018
The Queen is sitting next to Anna Wintour at London Fashion Week and all I can say is !!!! pic.twitter.com/2OggOogzPp— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) February 20, 2018
THE QUEEN IS FRONT ROW AT LONDON FASHION WEEK WITH ANNA WINTOUR.— Christopher Golds (@chrisgolds) February 20, 2018
Stop everything. OMG. ???? pic.twitter.com/LCH1FZQgXw
For her newsworthy cameo, the Queen wore an ice-blue Angela Kelly suit, a classic look for the royal who often opts for meticulously color-matched outfits. (Kelly, who is the "personal advisor" to her majesty, is, according to the Daily Mail's Rebecca English, the woman who helped dream up this design award. She also happens to be the woman in the dark dress seated next to Anna Wintour.)
The Queen also donned black gloves, a patent leather purse, and Queen Mary's Cullinan V Heart Diamond brooch, which clocks in at a casual 19 carats. Her pearl necklace is also a favorite; the three-strand pearls are a go-to gifted to Elizabeth by her father.
The Queen arrives all smiles at London Fashion Week.
The Queen's best look, however, was on her face as she smiled through her visit.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.