Queen’s lingerie designer sacked after tell-all book about royal bra fittings
The Queen’s official lingerie designer has been sacked after revealing details of royal bra fittings in a tell-all book.
Rigby & Peller, a high-end lingerie company, 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’.
The 82-year-old transformed Rigby & Peller into a world-leading name after buying the brand from corsetieres Gita Peller and Bertha Rigby, in 1982.
Under the founders, who started it in 1939, the company had been fitting the Royal Family since 1960.
Kenton stayed on at the firm’s board even after her majority stake was bought out by Belgian company Van de Velde in 2011, and continued to fit the Queen’s bras at Buckingham Palace.
But her professional relationship with Her Majesty came to an end shortly after Storm in a D-Cup’s release in March 2016.
In an attempt to promote the book, Kenton referred to herself as ‘the UK’s leading boobologist’, adding that ‘even the grandest ladies need to be well-supported’.
She had described in detail how Her Majesty was half-dressed at the time of her first fitting, and that it was carried out in front of her corgis.
She also published intimate details about fittings with the Queen Mother, Princess Diana and Princess Margaret.
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.
‘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.
Russell Tanguay, director of warrants at the Royal Warrant Holders Association, confirmed on Tuesday that Rigby & Peller had lost its warrant and would no longer be able to display the royal coat of arms on any promotional material or shop signs.
Companies are granted a window in which to remove the royal coat of arms, which is earned when a firm has supplied the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or Prince Charles for five out of the seven years.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: ‘In respect of royal warrants, we never comment.’