Queen's bra fitter Rigby & Peller stripped of warrant

Carla Harmon
January 12, 2018

A statement from Rigby & Peller said, however, it was "deeply saddened" by the decision.

She was behind all the swimwear the late royal was pictured in as she holidayed with Dodi Fayed in the summer of 1997.

"There's nothing in there that makes you think, "Oh!" Ms Kenton is credited for the brand's global success.

Mrs, Kenton bought Rigby & Peller with her husband in 1982, paying £20,000, but sold her stake for £8m 29 years later.

Mr. Tanguay said companies are granted a window in which to remove the royal coat of arms, which is earned when a firm has supplied the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, or Prince Charles for five out of the last seven years.

For centuries, royal warrants have been issued to trades people and companies who regularly supply goods or services to the monarchy.

There are only about 800 royal warrants out there, with the Palace meticulously choosing suppliers that the royal family can trust. She was surprised at the response as, in her mind, "The book doesn't contain anything naughty". The book discussed meetings with the Queen and other noted members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace.

"Shall I tell you what I do?"

Mrs Kenton, who started working for the Queen in the early 1980s, has been in the lingerie industry for more than 60 years. "I pretend to listen to Margaret and then, once she has gone, I order what I want".

"I never met William or Harry - though she was always talking about them", Kenton revealed in her book.

While she does recount her first meeting with the monarch, she focuses on her surprise that the queen turned on the lights for herself, not the details of her fitting. "I've had the royal warrant for so long I never imagined that this would happen". "That's between you and the customer". However, officials from the Buckingham Palace refused to comment on whether this was the cause.

Other companies that have lost their royal warrant includes Carr's Table Water biscuits, simply because they are in lower demand at the palace, and Harrods, whose owner Mohamed al Fayed allegedly angered Prince Philip with comments about the vehicle crash in 1997 that killed Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed.

Rigby & Peller's United Kingdom office and Belgian parent company Van de Velde were unavailable for comment when contacted by Lingerie Insight.

"However, the company will continue to provide an exemplary and discreet service to its clients".

The memoirs specifically recall one of the Queen's fittings conducted in her private apartments at the palace which Kenton described in an unglamorous fashion, comparing them to "an old-fashioned dentist's waiting room" with "a jumble of mismatched [furniture]".

She told the BBC: "I'm very sad Buckingham Palace took exception to the story - it's a kind and gentle story about what went on in my life".

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