By James Simons-
The queen was clearly not amused with a company which supplied lingerie to her majesty, and has dumped them over a book which
revealed details of royal bra fittings. has lost its royal warrant over a book which revealed details of royal bra fittings.
Rigby & Peller, Luxury underwear firm, Rigby and peller lost the the royal warrant it held since 1960.
The warrant was withdrawn after June Kenton, who fitted bras for the Queen released a book called ‘Storm in a D-Cup’.
Royal warrants are issued to trades people and companies who regularly supply goods or services to the monarchy.
The royal warrant is granted to a named individual and gives them permission and responsibility for the display of the relevant Royal Arms in connection with the business. They are not granted for professional services like publications such as newspapers and magazines.
Mrs Kenton described the decision as “unbelievable” in an expression of shock at the decision.
High-end lingerie company, Rigby and Peller, held the royal warrant for 57 years. However, it was stripped of support when former owner June Kenton wrote her book ‘Storm in a D-Cup’.
A statement from Rigby & Peller said it was “deeply saddened” by the decision, but said it was “not able to elaborate further on the cancellation out of respect for her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Warrant Holders Association”. That respect should have been shown before the publication of the book by getting the permission of the Royal family if they wanted to avoid the fall out which has resulted from the book. Ms Kenton said there was nothing in the book to be upset about, but clearly the Royals were upset about something. An easy and logical guess is her failure to obtain permission to include the privilege of her visit in the book. Details about her Royal visits contained in her autobiography published in 2017 must have upset the Royals.
If Kenton searched a bit deeper, she may figure out what upset the Royals. She referred to herself as ‘the UK’s leading boobologist’, adding that ‘even the grandest ladies need to be well-supported’.
Kenton wrote that the Queen Mother told her Princess Margaret would try and interfere in her choice of hats, but that she would just ignore her advice. Someone is installing fake ‘no parking’ signs to stop drivers leaving cars ‘Shall I tell you what I do?’ the Queen Mother apparently asked Kenton. ‘I pretend to listen to Margaret and then, once she has gone, I order what I want.’ She also revealed that the late Princess Diana came for fittings, ordered swimsuits designed in Israel, and took posters of lingerie and swimwear models for princes Harry and William to display in their rooms at Eton. Her puzzle about why the Queen is upset is ludicrous.
Buckingham Palace told The Eye Of Media.Com that they never “comment on individual companies, and could therefore provide no help or guidance”.
Mrs Kenton, from Bushey in Hertfordshire, had bought Rigby & Peller with her husband in 1982 for £20,000 and then sold a majority stake in 2011 for £8m. Ms Kenton was an official “corsetiere” to the Queen, and regularly visited Buckingham Palace and served members of the Royal Family, including the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
“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,” she said.
“I only ever said I went there, not what happened. I have never, ever spoken about what I do there with her, or the Queen Mother or Princess Margaret.”
“I think it’s unbelievable. It’s just upsetting at the end of my life, but what can I do. I can’t fight with Buckingham Palace and I wouldn’t want to, but it’s hard.
Mrs Kenton, who started working for the Queen in the early 1980s, has been in the lingerie industry for more than 60 years.
She went on: “I’ve been honourable throughout my life – it’s unbelievable they don’t like the book, there’s nothing in it that they could remotely be upset about.
“It’s a sweet story of a corsetiere.
“I probably should have submitted it to them but I didn’t think anything would be required.”
The Royal Warrant Holders Association are yet to respond to the BBC.
Harrods had its royal warrant withdrawn from the Duke of Edinburgh in 2000 following a “significant decline in the trading relationship” between the Duke and the store. The fall out was over far reaching and unproven allegations by Mohammed Al Fayed over the fatal crash of Princess Diana and his son Dodi.