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The Queen's first ever LFW appearance was iconic

The monarch sat next to Anna Wintour

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With London Fashion Week coming to a close following an almost entirely virtual season showcase, we thought we'd look back at one of the most iconic moments to ever take place across the UK's most fashionable weekend.

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Of course, we're talking about that time the Queen sat on the FROW next to Anna Wintour during Richard Quinn's SS18 show.


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The monarch made her debut appearance at the stylish event in order to present the emerging designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design – which recognised his talent and originality, specifically his prints. 

Dressed for the occasion, Her Majesty turned heads in a duck egg blue tweed dress and jacket by Angela Kelly, which were adorned with tiny Swarovski crystals. 

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The Queen and Anna Wintour chatted in the FROW at Richard Quinn's SS18 show/Photo credit PA

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Anna, meanwhile, kept on her trademark sunglasses during the show, and wore a floral print dress.

On arrival, the Queen was greeted by Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, where she was given a tour around the showrooms and met designers. 

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Her Majesty admired the designs at the LFW show/ Photo credit PA

The special award had been a work in progress for two years, and was thought up by the Queen's personal adviser Angela Kelly, who wanted to give recognition to emerging British fashion talent. 

The award itself was designed by Angela, and was inspired by the Queen Elizabeth rose. 

It was hand-produced by Lucy Price at Bauhinia Studios in Birmingham's jewellery quarter.

Richard Ward is the first designer to be given the Queen's special fashion award

Presenting Richard with his award, the Queen told crowds at the time: "It is a great pleasure to be here at London Fashion Week today. From the tweed of the Hebrides to Nottingham lace, and of course Carnaby Street, our fashion industry has been renowned for outstanding craftsmanship for many years, and continues to produce world-class textiles and cutting edge, practical designs. 

"As a tribute to the industry, and as my legacy to all those who have contributed to British fashion, I would like to present this award for new, young talent. 

"I would like to thank the British Fashion Council for selecting the first winner - Richard Quinn." 

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