At 91 years old, The Queen is arguably a fashion icon. Today, Her Majesty made an unannounced visit to London Fashion Week, to the surprise of many of the designers.

Her Majesty was greeted upon arrival at London Fashion Week by Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC).

The Queen then toured the showrooms to view displays and meet designers.

As part of her visit, The Queen also presented the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

For the past two years Angela Kelly, Personal Advisor to Her Majesty (The Queen’s Wardrobe), has been working on creating an award which The Queen wanted to give in recognition of emerging British fashion talent.

The award, launched in appreciation of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, will be given annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows extraordinary talent and creativity while exhibiting value to the community and sound, sustainable policies.

The award, designed by Miss Kelly, was inspired by the Queen Elizabeth rose and was hand-produced by Lucy Price at Bauhinia Studios in Birmingham’s famous jewellery quarter.

British fashion designer Richard Quinn is the first recipient of the award.

Her Majesty viewed Mr Quinn’s runway show before presenting him with The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.

Each year a designer will be selected by the BFC, in collaboration with the Royal Household to be recognised and be presented annually by a member of the royal family.

Early today, The Queen visited the Royal College of Physicians in London to mark its quincentenary.

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