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Queen’s bra-fitter Rigby & Peller is stripped of royal title

The Queen’s official lingerie supplier, Rigby & Peller, has been stripped of its royal warrant after the former owner published a tell-all book about royal bra fittings. 

The upmarket lingerie firm held the warrant for 57 years, but lost it’s royal approval after June Kenton wrote a book about her work, according to the Daily Express.

The 82-year-old is known for transforming the brand into a world-leading retailer and her autobiography, Storm in D-Cup, goes into detail about fittings with the Queen, Princess Diana and Princess Margaret. 

In the book Mrs Kenton wrote about fitting the Queen, explaining that she was half-dressed and that her corgis were often present. 

She also made reference to Princess Diana who would accepted posters showing models in lingerie and swimwear for princes William and Harry to display in their Eton studies.

June Kenton published a tell-all book, Storm in a D-Cup

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Clara Molden

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

She did however stay on the firm’s board and continued to fit the Queen’s bras at Buckingham Palace.

Russell Tanguay, director of warrants at the Royal Warrant Holders Association, confirmed yesterday that the Knightsbridge-based retailer had lost its warrant.

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.

Rigby & Peller have a number of stores across London

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Rigby & Peller must now remove the royal coat of arms from any promotional material and shop signs.

The luxury lingerie firm was founded in 1939 by Gita Peller and Bertha Rigby, before being sold to Mrs Kenton and her husband.

Mrs Kenton’s first fitting for the Queen was at Buckingham Palace that same year.

The supplier now has seven shops – including its website – and its flagship store is in Knightsbridge, West London. 

The cost of a brassiere from Rigby & Peller’s ranges in price from £50 to £200 and has a whole host of famous clients, including Kim Kardashian, Margaret Thatcher, Gwyneth Paltrow and Joan Collins. 

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: “In respect of Royal Warrants, we never comment on individual companies.”

Article Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/11/queens-bra-fitter-rigby-peller-stripped-royal-title/

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