Earlier this week, it was revealed that a luxury British lingerie company, ‘Rigby & Peller’ has lost its warrant. This step was taken after former bra-fitter, June Keaton referenced her trips to Buckingham Palace in her autobiography, Storm in a D-Cup.
It’s probably the first ever company to lose Queen Elizabeth’s seal of approval after a scandal.
Keaton, who served as the official corset-iere to the reigning monarch during the 70’s and 80’s, told the BBC:
“I am very sad that Buckingham Palace took exception to the story. It’s quite a kind story about what went on in my life”.
The book includes conversations of Keaton with the Queen Mother, as well as some anecdotes about Princess Diana.
“I only ever said that I went there, not what happened there. In fact, I have never ever spoken about what I do there with her or with the Queen Mother”.
“I think it’s just unbelievable. It’s just upsetting at the end of my life, but what can I do. I can’t really fight with Buckingham Palace, it’s hard”.
‘Rigby & Peller‘ had held its warrant for 57 years.
These warrants indicate a royal’s seal of approval. They are often glorified by the companies that hold them, given they can be effective marketing tools.
According to Halcyon Days, a luxury gift company specializing in enamel objects says:
“A royal warrant of appointment is indeed a mark of recognition of companies. But, only who have supplied goods or services to the British Royal Households for at least five years. Or maybe has an ongoing trading arrangement”.
“There are presently three royal warrants for goods and services supplied to the Households: The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales”.
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20 to 40 royal warrants are canceled every year, and a similar number are granted as well.
Rigby & Peller is probably the first ever company to lose its status in a scandalous fashion. For example, in the year 2000, Harrods lost its royal warrant from Duke of Edinburgh.
At the time, the Palace said the drop of designation stemmed from a ‘significant decline in the trading relationship’ between Prince Philip and the department store.
According to some reports, The Duke of Edinburgh was angered by allegations made by the owner, Mohamed-al-Fayed accusing Charles of masterminding the 1997 car crash in Paris that killed Diana.