London Fashion Week gets a taste of Malta

The Queen has made her first ever appearance at London Fashion Week.

She was there to present the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design to fashion graduate Richard Quinn.

Prior to the awards ceremony, The Queen took her seat on the front row next to Vogue editor Dame Anna Wintour to watch Quinn’s catwalk show, which was filled with vibrant floral prints.

The Royal Family’s Twitter account explained: ‘The award, initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, will be awarded annually to an emerging fashion designer who shows talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or sustainable policies.’

Last night, the Duchess Of Cambridge and the Countess of Wessex hosted the first Commonwealth Fashion Exchange at Buckingham Palace.

The evening showcased talent from across the Commonwealth’s 53 nations, including Malta.

Valletta-based fashion designers Charles and Ron flew the Maltese flag at the event.

Charles and Ron said: ‘We are absolutely reeling from this incredible experience.

‘It was wonderful to be inside Buckingham Palace and to see our dress exhibited among such beautiful fashion from all over the world.

‘The highlight was our meeting with The Countess of Wessex. who hosted the evening, as well as being praised for our design by Vogue editor-in-chief Dame Anna Wintour.’

For the exchange, Charles and Ron created a look made from Woolmark-certified wool crepe, with a full, floor-length skirt embellished with beaded appliqué Maltese door-knockers.

The coordinating blouse featured Maltese lace, while a Maltese hand-tooled leather belt completed the look.

The pair also posed for a photo with Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward.

Sophie will carry out a number of royal engagements in Malta next month to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The Prime Minister’s wife Michelle Muscat was also among the guests at Buckingham Palace last night.

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