Queen's bra fitter Rigby & Peller loses royal warrant

Queen Elizabeth II

Rigby & Peller, the official lingerie supplier to the Queen, lost the prestigious title after the brand's former owner wrote a book which included details about fitting Her Majesty, as well as working with other members of the Royal Family.

She also claimed that Princess Diana accepted posters of models wearing lingerie and swimwear for Prince William and Prince Harry to display in their Eton dorms.

June Kenton who transformed the company to what it is today, wrote detailed accounts about fitting Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother.

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

"The royal household warrants committee has chose to cancel the royal warrant granted to Rigby & Peller and Mrs June Kenton", the brand said in a statement.

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Per the Royal Warrant Holders Association's Web site, companies who have supplied the royal family with goods or services for at least five out of seven years can apply for a warrant. 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.

Rigby & Peller had held the title since 1960 but confirmed it was "deeply saddened" by the royal household warrants committee's decision to cancel it.

The bra-fitter described carrying out bra-fittings with the Queen, stating that royal was half-dressed and her famous corgis were present at the time.

Kenton said that the book is mainly about herself - a "gentle" narrative of her life which she is "proud" of and eager to share. "I just think the world of them".

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"I only ever said I went there, not what happened".

There are about 800 royal warrant holders, including individuals, small businesses and global companies.

"I'm coming towards the end of my life, I'm 82, so it is what is it, there is nothing I can do". "I can't fight with Buckingham Palace and I wouldn't want to, but it's hard".

"I never ever thought when I was writing the book that it would upset anyone", Kenton, now in her 80s, told The Telegraph.

Luxury department store Harrods lost its royal warrant in 2000, after its owner Mohamed al Fayed accused the royals of masterminding the 1997 vehicle crash that killed Diana and his son Dodi.

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