Queen Elizabeth joins Anna Wintour on front row of London Fashion Week

"Anna Wintour looking ridiculous as usual - sunglasses indoors?!"

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

The award was designed by Angela Kelly, the Queen's personal advisor who has been dressing her for the past 26 years.

Ms Rush also spoke from the runway, saying of the Queen: "Throughout your reign you have embraced fashion, using its power of diplomacy to communicate understanding between cultures and nations".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth (center, left) sat with fashion editor Anna Wintour at Richard Quinn's runway show. During the finale, Queen Elizabeth could even be seen pointing to a few looks, perhaps picking out some of her favorites.

"The Queen's visit to the London Fashion Week headquarters in The Strand in London had been kept strictly secret, and her low-key arrival caused a ripple of astonishment among those normally too fashionable to create a scene", The Daily Mail reported.

The Queen toured showrooms and met designers before presenting the prize.

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The Queen attended London Fashion Week to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

It seems Quinn fits the bill perfectly.

If London Fashion Week has been a little quiet this year, then news of Queen Elizabeth II sitting front row is surely its way of going out with a bang.

Quinn, a graduate of Central Saint Martins school, has gained recognition for his striking prints and his collaboration with Liberty London.

Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, perhaps the most influential designer in fashion at the moment, held the label's 2017 Resort show in Westminster Abbey and staged it with some hat tips to the Queen's style.

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.

  • Michelle Webb