Guess who showed up to London's Fashion Week with her own special cushion and a front row seat for all the action? None other than Great Britain's Queen Mum herself and if the pics are any indication, she had a great time.
Treated like the royalty she is, she was seated next to Vogue editor-in-chief, Dame Anna Wintour.
And the Queen Mother got cozy with Wintour:
Which people went mad for:
91 and still works harder than most of her kids and grandkids— Jenn P Lamb (@jennieplam) February 20, 2018
I know it doesnt sound PC but the Queen is just cute here...lol— Linda D. 🐕🐶 (@DrozdLinda) February 20, 2018
So you're probably asking yourself, if this was the Queen's first time at London's Fashion Week at age 91, why now? What was she doing there? It turns out she was there to hand out the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, intended to highlight, as Vanity Fair put it, "the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy," to designer Richard Quinn.
BREAKING: The Queen is visiting @LondonFashionWk to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The first recipient of the award is designer Richard Quinn, an emerging talent within the United Kingdom who has been recognised for his exceptional prints. pic.twitter.com/leTDwbymvx— Majesty/Joe Little (@MajestyMagazine) February 20, 2018
Quinn, an emerging British fashion voice who favors the eccentric (he covers models' faces in fabric), bold prints, and pieces that are structural, is not only a talented designer but he also worked with Epson, to open a textile print studio in Peckham that provides affordable open-access for students and fellow designers, was a perfect fit for the first-ever award which focuses on a designer who brings “value to the community and/or strong sustainable policies.”
The prize, which was designed by the Queen's personal advisor Angela Kelly, will be awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows— Emily Nash (@emynash) February 20, 2018
exceptional talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or strong sustainable policies.
Note-to-self: If ever seated next to the Queen for ANYTHING, do like Wintour and follow Her Majesty's example. #NeverOutshinetheQueen
H/T: Twitter, Vanity Fair, Epson