LONDON (Reuters)

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance in the front row at a fashion catwalk on Tuesday where she watched a show by emerging designer Richard Quinn

The 91-year-old monarch, dressed in a pale blue suit, sat next to Anna Wintour, editor in chief of American Vogue magazine, as models displayed a series of bold and brightly colored designs at the end of London Fashion Week.

 

British Fashion Council's Rush, Queen Elizabeth II and Vogue's Wintour attend Richard Quinn show at London Fashion Week
Caroline Rush (L), Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue attend the Richard Quinn show at London Fashion Week, in London, Britain February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

 

She later presented the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Quinn.

The Award has been initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

 

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II presents the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn after his show at London Fashion Week
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II presents the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn after his show at London Fashion Week, in London, Britain February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

 

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.

 

Royal visit to London Fashion Week
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sits next to Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, and royal dressmaker Angela Kelly as they view Richard Quinn’s runway show before presenting him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design as she visits London Fashion Week, in London, Britain February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yui Mok/Pool

 

London-born designer Quinn established his namesake label in 2016. The London Fashion Week website said of him: “Specialising in womenswear and textiles his collections are bold and emotive creating a forward-thinking, unafraid vision.

 

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II presents the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn after his show at London Fashion Week
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II presents the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard Quinn as Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council looks on after his show at London Fashion Week , in London, Britain February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

 

“Richard creates garments with attention to innovative fabrications, focusing on his ability to combine unique handcrafted skill with a refined high fashion sensibility.”

On Monday, the Queen invited fashion designers and models to a reception at Buckingham Palace, her London home.

 

(Reporting by Stephen Addison; editing by Sarah Young)

 

 

Royal visit to London Fashion Week
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sits next to Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, as they view Richard Quinn’s runway show before presenting him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design as she visits London Fashion Week, in London, Britain February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yui Mok/Pool

 

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