Fashion industry tributes have begun pouring in to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, who died Thursday, 8 September, at home in Balmoral in Scotland, aged 96.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen,” wrote Burberry on Instagram. “We join the Royal Family in mourning her loss.” On Thursday evening, a Burberry representative said the British fashion house is cancelling its London Fashion Week show on 17 September “as a mark of respect”.
“We are devastated to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II whose reign will be marked in history as one of empathy, strength and grace,” posted the British Fashion Council (BFC) on Instagram. “Our thoughts are with the Royal Family as we celebrate The Queen’s life and remember her extraordinary legacy. It was a great honour in 2018 to host Her Majesty at London Fashion Week to launch the QEII Award for British Design, which recognises design excellence and positive impact.
“Her Majesty’s effortless style, charm and sense of fun was evident and her passion in supporting young creatives will continue to inspire the next generation,” the BFC post continued.
“We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen,” posted Christopher Kane. “Our condolences go out to the rest of the Royal Family. We hold a deep respect for Her Majesty’s reign and her service to the United Kingdom and the commonwealth. May she rest in peace.”
“We join the nation and the world in mourning the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and we send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family. She was truly remarkable and will be greatly missed,” wrote British brand Temperley London.
The Queen, who has reigned for 70 years and presided over 15 prime ministers, has been a longtime supporter of the British fashion industry. In 2018, she made a surprise appearance at London Fashion Week to present the inaugural QE11 Award for British Design to Richard Quinn.
“Through the 70 years of her reign, years of devoted service to her country and the Commonwealth and its peoples, the Queen has been globally revered and widely beloved,” writes Hamish Bowles for Vogue.
In a statement released following the Queen’s death, the BFC said London Fashion Week shows and presentations could go on, although it recommended those on the day of the Queen’s funeral be rescheduled.
The date of the funeral has yet to be confirmed, but is expected to take place 10 days from now, per royal protocol. The BFC said that any shows scheduled for the date of the funeral will be rearranged. Key shows scheduled for 18 September include Nensi Dojaka, 16 Arlington, Rejina Pyo, Halpern, Simone Rocha, Erdem, Stefan Cooke and Richard Quinn.
According to royal protocol in the event of the monarch’s death, the British population will hold a minute of silence and a remembrance service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Both the day of the funeral and the coronation of Prince Charles, who will ascend to the throne, will become national holidays.
(8 September 2022)