Rigby & Peller, the British lingerie retailer that supplied lingerie to the Queen for 57 years, has been stripped of its royal warrant.
The upmarket underwear brand, which now operates stores in the US and the Middle East, lost the coveted honour last year, shortly after its founder June Kenton published her autobiography, Storm in a D Cup, in March.
Russell Tanquay, director of warrants at the Royal Warrant Holders Association, confirmed the news in an interview with the Daily Express earlier this week.
He explained that firms have a certain amount of time before they have to remove the royal coat of arms, earned when a company has supplied the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, or Prince Charles for five out of the past seven years, from their promotional material and shop signs.
And he added: “We don’t go into details.”
Rigby & Peller’s UK office and Belgian parent company Van de Velde were unavailable for comment when contacted by Lingerie Insight.
June Kenton and her husband Harold bought Rigby & Peller, then an independent shop on London’s South Molton Street, for £20,000 in 1982.
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.
It was very nerve wracking,” recalled June in an interview with Lingerie Insight in 2013. “Can you imagine my first visit? I had nothing more to say except ‘hello Your Majesty’.”
“You wouldn’t be normal if you weren’t nervous visiting the Queen. She’s wonderful. I mean, don’t you think she’s amazing?”
June remained on the board of Rigby & Peller and continued to fit bras for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, even after her majority stake in the company was sold to Van de Velde for £8 million in 2011.