The Queen's dressmaker 'Miss Louie' dies at 99

Tuesday September 1, 2009

A dressmaker who worked for 55 years on the Queen's gowns – including the one worn for her Coronation (pictured) – has died four months short of her 100th birthday.

Louise Bowen Richardson – nicknamed "Miss Louie" by the British monarch – regularly visited Buckingham Palace and became a close and trusted friend of the royal family.

She started out in the textile industry aged 14, matching buttons and cottons. A year later she began working for royal dress designer Sir Norman Hartnell and travelled the world as fabric buyer to find the finest materials and garments.

Miss Richardson, who passed away on August 22, retired aged 88 and moved from London to Paignton in Devon. She had no children.

A spokesman for the Queen said she would be sending a "private tribute" to her family.

Photo: ę Getty Images

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