London Fashion Week was different this year with the presence of the Queen of England at the Richard Quinn fashion show. She sat side by side with the queen of fashion herself, Anna Wintour.
The crowd rose to their feet as the Queen entered the room dressed in one of her trademark eggshell-blue tweed skirtsuits.
Her Royal Highness was in attendance to present Quinn with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. As the show drew to a close, the audience was asked to stay in their seats for the special announcement. The British Fashion Council’s Caroline Rush gave the Queen her official welcome to London Fashion Week, acknowledging the cultural impact Her Majesty has had on the British fashion industry over her decades-long reign.
There were tears in the front row and cheers from the audience as the Queen congratulated Quinn, handing over the rose-shaped award that was designed by Angela Kelly, who has served as Her Majesty’s personal assistant and senior dresser since 2002.
This marks the second collection for the young designer, who graduated from the Central Saint Martins M.A. program in 2016. His awe-inspiring floral designs made for a particularly dazzling display on the runway, and were a fitting complement to the Queen’s inimitable style.
The Queen described the award as “a tribute to the industry and my legacy and all those who have contributed to British fashion.” The prize is the first of its kind in the U.K. and is due to be awarded annually.
On the other hand, at this year’s BAFTAs ceremony, Kate Middleton, who is currently expecting the couple’s third child, wore a deep green gown by Jenny Packham, which featured cap sleeves and a belted silhouette that accentuated her baby bump. She matched the gown with shimmering emerald jewelry, as well as a black evening clutch and Prada heels. It was a look that was perfectly Kate—both tasteful and timeless, right down to her tousled curls. Meanwhile, Prince William wore a classic black tuxedo with black bowtie, a colorway that tied into the tone of the night, as most attendees chose to wear black in solidarity with the #MeToo movement.