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Queen's bra-fitter stripped of royal title after 'tell-all' book

12 January 2018
Queen's bra-fitter stripped of royal title after 'tell-all' book

The posh company which supplies lingerie to the British Monarch has lost its royal status following publication of a book revealing intimate details surrounding royal bra fittings.

The upmarket underwear brand, which now operates stores in the USA and the Middle East, lost the coveted honour a year ago, shortly after its founder June Kenton published her autobiography, Storm in a D Cup, in March.

Rigby & Peller has held the warrant since 1960 and, during her time actively working for the company, Mrs Kenton regularly served the Queen, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.

In interviews, Mrs. Kenton revealed that Diana not only came for fittings, but ordered swimsuits designed in Israel and accepted posters showing models in lingerie and swimwear for princes William and Harry to display in their Eton studies.

In order to be issued a royal warrant, a brand or retailer must have supplied goods or services to the royal family for at least five out of the last seven years.

Queen Elizabeth II is driven away after attending a Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene church on the Royal Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

"I never ever thought when I was writing the book that it would upset anyone".

Rigby & Peller now have stores in and around London as well as in some of the most prestigious shopping locations. "It's frightful and a real shock", she said.

In the autobiography, Ms Kenton wrote about fitting the Queen, who reportedly had her corgis present.

The upmarket underwear firm lost the coveted honour after the woman who turned the company into one of the leading bra and knicker retailers in the world wrote a tell-all book about her professional life, giving details of her royal fittings.

Russell Tanguay, director of warrants at the Royal Warrant Holders Association, would not go into details about the decision on Rigby & Peller.

Insisting it was a sweet story of a corsetiere, Mrs Kenton said: "I probably should have submitted it to them but I didn't think anything would be required".

"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", said Keller, according to the BBC.

Buckingham Palace, meanwhile, told the Express that it would "never comment on individual companies". Kenton bought the lingerie shop in 1982 with her husband; she sold it in 2011 but remains on the board.

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