Ralph Lauren has been granted an honorary knighthood from Prince Charles, making him the first American fashion designer to receive such a title.
Ralph Lauren has received an honorary knighthood Prince Charles for his contribution to fashion
Making history as the first American fashion designer to receive such as honour, Ralph Lauren has just been granted a knighthood from Prince Charles.
The 79-year-old fashion pioneer – who carved out what has become the archetypal American wardrobe with colourful collard shirts and chic knit sweaters – headed to the Queen of England’s home in Buckingham Palace on June 19th, 2019 to accept the title and take part in the ceremony surrounding it.
Prince Charles, 70, named Lauren an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) for Services to Fashion by Queen Elizabeth.
On the history-making moment, the designer said: “To have the honorary KBE conferred on me by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and presented to me personally by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is an honour I have humbly accepted.”
And added: “I have always been inspired by the history, traditions and culture of Great Britain and the historic relationship our two countries have shared. This is one of the most meaningful honours bestowed at this very special moment in my 50th Anniversary.”
Having stepped down at the head of the company in 2015, Lauren remains at the fashion empire still today as the chief designers. While the British royal often champions British designers, Ralph Lauren has long been a favourite of the regal family – Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle both sporting the brand of recent.