Queen Liz Casually Dropped Into An Avant-Garde London Fashion Week Show

There aren’t many people who could upstage style royalty Anna Wintour on the front row of a London Fashion Week show, but being actual royalty is enough to do it.

Queen Elizabeth made an appearance at the runway show of British designer Richard Quinn, surprising guests and onlookers who probably didn’t expect the forward-thinking fashions on display to be shown up by her crisp blue skirtsuit.

With the Vogue editor-in-chief on one side and her personal dressmaker Angela Kelly on the other, Her Maj sat through a series of intensely vibrant florals, creatively-styled headscarves, and the liberal use of… motorcycle helmets.

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Still, she did express her appreciation for the show, and in more way than one.

Liz was actually on deck to present Quinn with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II award for British design, in recognition of his “outstanding craftsmanship” and the south London print studio he’s opened to up-and-coming college students.

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That’s all well and good; just don’t expect her to get among the vibrant helmets.