Queen Elizabeth II was a surprise guest on Tuesday afternoon at Richard Quinn’s show, the last of London fashion week and his second ever. There was a hush as she entered the room, with the audience standing up to greet the monarch and, of course, raising their phones to get that all-important social media picture.
The Queen of England and the Queen of Fashion
The Queen sat front row, of course – with a special cushion placed on her seat – beside the Queen of Fashion, Anna Wintour. She even shared a joke with Wintour, who wore her trademark sunglasses throughout the show.
Spurning this season’s front row trends such as trench coats and power shoes, Her Majesty wore an ice-blue skirt suit, black handbag, black gloves and sensible shoes.
Introducing her, the BFC’s chief executive, Caroline Rush, paid tribute: “Your Majesty, I know you do not wish to be known as a fashion icon, but for all of us in this room, who have this upmost respect for you … we know you undoubtedly are.”