Published On: Tue, Feb 20th, 2018

Queen makes surprise visit to London Fashion Week

The Queen is already known for her impeccable style – but now she has attended her first ever London Fashion Week front row.

Sitting next to legendary US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, the Monarch made a surprise visit to London Fashion Week where she sat on the front row – FROW as the industry calls it – of British designer Richard Quinn’s show.

Her attendance was kept under wraps until the very last minute.

The 91-year-old presented the first ever Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Mr Quinn, who is an emerging talent celebrated for his screen printing.

The Queen appeared surprised at some of the outfits as she sat next to Anna Wintour
Image: The Queen appeared surprised at some of the outfits as she sat next to Anna Wintour
The Queen presented the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn
Image: The Queen presented the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn

Stylish as ever, she wore a duck egg blue tweed dress and jacket with aquamarine Swarovski crystals from her favourite designer, Angela Kelly, who sat on the other side of Ms Wintour and came up with the idea for the award.

The Queen appeared to be enjoying herself as she watched the show, also sitting next to British Fashion Council (BFC) chief, Caroline Rush.

The Queen looked bemused at some of the more unusual attire
Image: The Queen looked bemused at some of the more unusual attire
The Queen looked thrilled
Image: The Queen looked thrilled

She looked slightly bemused at some of the more original displays, including a model wearing a strapless dress and boots wearing a motorbike helmet – all in a yellow, flowery print.

Before her FROW debut, the Queen, who wears a hat more often than not, took a tour of an exhibition curated by legendary British milliner Stephen Jones.

The Queen, next to BFC chief Caroline Rush, joked with a designer displaying her jewellery
Image: The Queen, next to BFC chief Caroline Rush, joked with a designer displaying her jewellery
The Queen attended the Richard Quinn show at London Fashion Week
Image: The Queen attended the Richard Quinn show at London Fashion Week

She looked delighted as she viewed some of the more contemporary hats and fascinators on display and shared a joke with a woman showing her some jewellery on display as part of the exhibition.

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As part of the new Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design a designer will be selected by the BFC, in collaboration with the Royal Household, and presented by a member of the Royal Family each year.

The award itself was inspired by the Queen Elizabeth Rose, designed by Ms Kelly and made by Lucy Price at Bahinia Studios in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter.

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