Queen Elizabeth II: fashion industry pays tribute to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch

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Tributes are pouring in from across the fashion industry for Queen Elizabeth II, who died peacefully in Balmoral yesterday aged 96. Her Majesty’s death was announced by Buckingham Palace in the afternoon following a previous statement that said she was under medical supervision.

The new King, who will be known as King Charles III, has issued a statement. It reads:

“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of great sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”

A fashion icon

The Queen’s personal fashion style was almost as iconic as the monarch herself. Her majesty famously attended London Fashion Week in 2018, where she was named a “fashion icon” by the British Fashion Council’s Caroline Rush.

In response to her death, the British Fashion Council said:

“We are devastated to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, whose reign will be marked in history as one of empathy, strength and grace.

“Our thoughts are with the royal family as we celebrate the Queen’s life and remember her extraordinary legacy. It was a great honour in 2018 to host Her Majesty at London Fashion Week to launch the QEII Award for British Design, which recognises design excellence and positive impact. Her Majesty’s effortless style, charm and sense of fun was evident, and her passion in supporting young creatives will continue to inspire the next generation.”

British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson said:

“The retail industry joins the world in mourning the passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the royal family. For over 70 years, the Queen has been a source of solidarity and strength for this nation. Her loss will be felt across the country and she will be greatly missed.”

British Vogue released a statement on social media, which read:

“In seven decades on the throne, Her Majesty was unwavering in her service to her country and the commonwealth.”

British fashion house house Alexander McQueen, whose creative director Sarah Burton designed Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress in 2011, said:

All at Alexander McQueen are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen. May she rest in peace. Our hearts go out to the Royal Family at this most difficult time.

Royal warrant holder Burberry, which has reportedly cancelled its London Fashion Week show, also led the tributes on social media, stating it was “deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen” and that it was joining the Royal Family in mourning her loss.

Cornwall-based lifestyle brand Celtic and Co, which received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2018, thanked The Queen for “a lifetime of service.” It said: “We join the world in mourning the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time. May you rest in peace, reunited with your love.

Independent retail group END Clothing is joining Selfridges and French Connection in closing its bricks-and-mortar stores. It said:

“Following the news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, END. will be closing the doors of our stores and postponing the opening of our Manchester store.

Our thoughts are with the Royal family at this difficult time.

Derbyshire indie group Young Ideas said The Queen “never put a foot wrong” and “was an example to us all.”

In a post on social media, it said: “She has been such an amazing lady, embodying all that we are proud of – an independent woman, a mother and a leader of our proud country.

“An icon who held us all together and led the way. We share in the family and our nation’s sadness at her passing.”

Harrogate Fashion Week also paid tribute to Her Majesty on social media. Next to a colourful image showcasing some of The Queen’s famous vibrant outfits, it said:

Queen Elizabeth II, you were a national treasure and an icon – always gracious, wise and humble. Thank you for your service to our country.

An official period of mourning begins today and lasts for 10 days. A separate period of royal mourning will continue until seven days after The Queen’s funeral. It is thought the funeral could take place on Monday 19 September and it’s expected that some shops will close. The government has released guidance this morning stating there is no obligation for businesses to stop trading.