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Queen Elizabeth joins fashion royalty in front row at London Fashion Week

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Queen Elizabeth has made a surprise appearance in the front row at a fashion catwalk, to watch a show by emerging designer Richard Quinn.

On Tuesday the 91-year-old monarch, dressed in a pale blue suit, sat next to Anna Wintour, editor in chief of American Vogue magazine, as models displayed a series of bold and brightly coloured designs at the end of London Fashion Week.

Queen Elizabeth joins fashion royalty in front row at London Fashion Week
Queen Elizabeth sitting between Vogue editor Anna Wintour and her dressmaker Angela Kelly at a London Fashion Week show. 

She was joined by Angela Kelly, her dressmaker and personal assistant since 2002.

Despite London Fashion Week running since 1984, this is the Queen’s first appearance at the event. According to the Guardian, fellow attendees reached for their phones to take snaps of the monarch, who sat in the front row on a special cushion.

Queen Elizabeth joins fashion royalty in front row at London Fashion Week
Queen Elizabeth sits next to fashion editor Anna Wintour during a show at London Fashion Week. 

She later presented the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Quinn.

The Award has been initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

It will be given 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 statement added.

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London-born designer Quinn established his namesake label in 2016.

The London Fashion Week website said of him: “Specialising in womenswear and textiles his collections are bold and emotive creating a forward-thinking, unafraid vision.

“Richard creates garments with attention to innovative fabrications, focusing on his ability to combine unique handcrafted skill with a refined high fashion sensibility.”

On Monday, the Queen invited fashion designers and models to a reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Duchess of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex.

Reuters, with Fairfax Media

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