Superstar designer Ralph Lauren knighted by Prince Charles

Designer Ralph Lauren at New York Fashion Week in 2018. Image: Jewel Samad/AFP

Ralph Lauren has received the ultimate seal of approval from Buckingham Palace.

The fashion mogul became the first American designer to receive an honorary knighthood on Wednesday, as reported by Vanity Fair.

The honorary KBE (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire) title was bestowed upon the designer for his services to fashion by Prince Charles in a private ceremony that took place at Buckingham Palace.

The knighthood was first announced last November, with Antony Phillipson, the UK Trade Commissioner for North America, highlighting Lauren’s role as a “vanguard for the global fashion industry and American style for nearly half a century” as one of the reasons he was selected for the honour.

An Instagram post by the brand underlined Lauren’s “extensive philanthropic efforts, his unparalleled influence on the landscape of global style, and his long-time love of the culture, heritage, and people of Great Britain.”

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