Queen's bra-maker, Rigby and Peller, lose royal warrant

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2018

Now the store has been stripped of its royal warrant after June Kenton, who owned the company for almost 30 years, wrote a book that told the story of her professional life.

June Kenton said Rigby & Peller lost the right to display the royal coat of arms in 2017 after she mentioned the royals in her book, "Storm in a D-cup". "That's naughty, '" Kenton told The Associated Press.

In her memoir, Kenton talked about her fittings with The Queen.

June Kenton, 82, remained on the board of Rigby & Peller and continued to fit bras for the at Buckingham Palace, even after her majority stake in the company was sold to the Belgian lingerie company Van de Velde in 2011. Hunter & Hyland Ltd. supplies curtain rails and upholstery fittings.

There are now about 800 royal warrant holders, including individuals, small firms and global conglomerates.

Kenton insists her autobiography was no tell-all book.

Describing herself as "the UK's leading boobologist" in one account to help promote the book, she noted that "even the grandest ladies need to be well-supported" and described giving the half-dressed monarch a first bra fitting.

Unaware of the rules governing the release of information on private meetings with the royals, Kenton was surprised that describing her trepidation on entering the monarch's bedroom would be considered offensive, or that recounting how the Queen Mother ignored Princess Margaret's opinions on hats might be problematic. I have never, ever spoken about what I do there with her, or the Queen Mother or Princess Margaret.

Her discussion of Princess Diana and her sons, Princes William and Harry, might be a bit more problematic.

"In respect of Royal Warrants, we never comment on individual companies", the palace said in a statement.

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. "However, the company will continue to provide an exemplary and discreet service to its clients".

Kenton said her memoir was meant to celebrate the success of the business and share its lessons with her children and grandchildren.

Her mother was quoted by The Daily Telegraph as saying: "It is very sad for me that they didn't like it and I'm finding that very hard to accept".

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