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Why the Queen has sacked royal bra fitter

Why the Queen has sacked royal bra fitter

The Queen has dropped Kensington-based bra fitters Rigby & Peller after former owner June Kenton gave details of her bra fittings in her book.

Kenton, who transformed Rigby & Peller into a global retailer after acquiring it for £20,000 ($27,000) in 1982, also explained how Princess Diana had accepted posters of models in lingerie for her sons William and Harry for them to bring to Eton college.

The 82-year-old said losing the warrant "absolutely killed" her and that she regretted "not being wise enough" to omit mention of the royals in her autobiography.

According to The Telegraph, the book (published in 2017) goes into detail about June's years spent fitting the Queen, Princess Margaret, and even Princess Diana.

She began providing bespoke undergarments to the Queen in 1960, but the royal warrant didn't automatically pass to the Kentons on buying Rigby & Peller; June had to earn it.

Buckingham Palace has refused to be drawn into the matter, insisting it did not "comment on individual companies".

Kenton then sold her stake for £8 million ($10.8 million) in 2007, but she remained a member of the board and continued to fit the Queen's bras at Buckingham Palace.




The royal coat of arms must be removed from any promotional material and shop signs.

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.

The Royal Warrant Holders Association said it does not comment on decisions regarding individual Royal Warrants or companies.

"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", Kenton told the BBC.

"Shall I tell you what I do?" she was quoted as saying.

Kenton began working for the Queen in the early 1980s as her official "corsetiere"; she also worked for Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother. "I'm proud of my life and what I've achieved and I simply want to share that". While a palace spokesperson said that the reason was because of "significant decline in the trading relationship" between the Duke of Edinburgh and the iconic store, it was rumoured that the royal was angered by allegations made by owner Mohamed al Fayed who claimed that the monarchy has caused the 1997 Paris vehicle crash that killed Diana, Princess of Wales and his son, Dodi.


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