Ralph Lauren has acquired an honorary knighthood for companies to vogue, changing into the primary American designer to be awarded with the UKâ€™s highest honour.
Prince Charles introduced the 79-year-old with the insignia in a personal ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday attended by Laurenâ€™s household.
The designerâ€™s iconic model â€“ which frequently options garments paying homage to traditional English types â€“ have been worn by various royals together with Princess Diana and the duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.
Estimated to be value greater than Â£5.2bn based on Forbes, Lauren stepped down from his place as CEO of Ralph Lauren in 2015, virtually 50 years after he began the enterprise in a small workplace on the Empire State Constructing.
â€œTo have the honorary KBE conferred on me by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and introduced to me personally by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is an honour I’ve humbly accepted,â€ Lauren, who stays chief artistic officer and government chairman of the corporate, stated in an announcement reported by Folks.
â€œI’ve at all times been impressed by the historical past, traditions and tradition of Nice Britain and the historic relationship our two international locations have shared. This is among the most significant honours bestowed at this very particular second in my 50th anniversary.â€
In an announcement when the award was introduced in November final yr, the British consul normal to New York and Her Majestyâ€™s commerce commissioner for North America, Antony Phillipson, congratulated Lauren for a storied profession that has seen him play a key position in forging transatlantic cultural and financial connections.
â€œAs creator and visionary of the Ralph Lauren model worldwide, Mr. Lauren has been a vanguard for the worldwide vogue business and American type for practically half a century,â€ he stated.
â€œAs well as, monumental philanthropic efforts, particularly within the realm of public well being, most cancers analysis and therapy in each the US and the UK, have led to advantages felt by residents world wide.â€
Different People who’ve acquired honorary knighthoods or damehoods embody presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and George HW Bush, in addition to Angelina Jolie, Invoice Gates and Steven Spielberg.