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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits next to ‘Vogue’ Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour (second from right), Caroline Rush (left), chief executive of the British Fashion Council, and royal dressmaker Angela Kelly (far right) as they view Richard Quinn's runway show before presenting him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design during London Fashion Week on Tuesday. Photo: Pool via Reuters

Queen Elizabeth makes surprise London Fashion Week appearance

The queen sat alongside Vogue’s Anna Wintour as the viewed a collection by the winner of the first ‘Elizabeth II Fashion Award’

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and fashion matriarch Anna Wintour sat side-by-side on the front row of the catwalk on Tuesday as the British ruler paid her first visit to London Fashion Week. 

The Queen watched a show by young British designer Richard Quinn, whom she presented with the inaugural “Elizabeth II Fashion Award”, which will be presented annually to a new talent in the sector. 

Dressed in a duck-egg blue dress and jacket, the sovereign appeared to be occasionally taken aback Quinn’s collection, which included intriguing combinations of flowing garments with bright motifs and biker helmets, and leather dresses with fishnet stockings.

The Queen enjoys a chuckle with Wintour, whom she made a dame in last year’s honours. Photo: Pool via AFP

Photographs show the monarch sharing laughs with British-born Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine.

Last year the queen awarded Wintour the title of Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

“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,” said the queen.

The Queen prepares to present Richard Quinn with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Photo: Pool via Reuters

“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, practical designs,” she added. 


Quinn described the occasion as “a bit surreal”, adding that he would like to dress future royal family member Meghan Markle, who will marry Prince Harry in May. 

Quinn’s models are seen on the catwalk. Photo: Pool via AFP