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Queen's bra fitter Rigby & Peller loses royal warrant after tell-all book

12 January 2018, 06:18 | Myron Mathis

Rigby & Peller: Queen's bra fitter loses royal warrant over tell-all book

Queen's Elizabeth's favored bra shop loses privileges over former owner's book

A company which supplied lingerie to Queen Elizabeth II has lost its royal warrant over a book that revealed details of royal meetings, United Kingdom media report.

Royal warrants are given to businesses who have supplied services to the royal households (either the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, or Prince Charles) for, at minimum, five years, according to Vogue.

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

While carrying out her official "corsetiere" duties, she visited Buckingham Palace regularly, serving members of the royal family, including the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.

It was withdrawn after June Kenton, who fitted bras for the Queen, released a book called "Storm in a D-Cup".

Rigby & Peller held the royal warrant for 57 years, but was stripped of support when June Kenton, who transformed it into a world-leading retailer, wrote a book about her work.

Buckingham Palace said it not "comment on individual companies".

Kenton, from Bushey in Hertfordshire, bought Rigby & Peller with her husband in 1982 for £20,000, before selling a majority stake in 2011 for £8m, although she remains on the board.

Yesterday Russell Tanguay, director of warrants at the Royal Warrant Holders Association, confirmed that Rigby & Peller, whose flagship store is near Harrods in Knightsbridge, had lost its warrant.

The book was published in March 2017 and the brand lost its royal warrant that summer. "In respect of Royal Warrants, we never comment on individual companies", a palace statement reads.

While she does recount her first meeting with the monarch, she focuses on her surprise that the queen turned on the lights for herself, not the details of her fitting.

"I think it's unbelievable". The book doesn't contain anything naughty.

Only around 800 companies have the right to use royal coats of arms on their products and business cards.

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

"I recognised the swimsuits in photos of her on that last fateful yachting trip with Dodi Fayed".

Kenton, 82, also claimed that the Queen Mum once confided in her that she would only "pretend to listen" to her daughter, Princess Margaret, whenever Margaret would offer her mother style advice about hats.

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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