Designer Ralph Lauren Receives Honorary Knighthood From Prince Charles

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Ralph Lauren is now officially a knight! 

The 79-year-old fashion icon has been made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. 

On Wednesday, the acclaimed designer was presented with the honorary knighthood insignia by Prince Charles in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Lauren is the first American fashion designer to be awarded the KBE title.

Lauren defined Americana style during his 50-year career and became one of the most influential, recognizable designers in the world. Countless number of A-list stars have worn his creations, including Blake Lively, Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Chastain, Michelle Obama. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have also worn his designs. 

Ralph Lauren at knighthood ceremony with Prince Charles
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He joins fellow esteemed Americans including Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, former New York City Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudolph Giuliani, Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Angela Ahrendts as a recipient of an honorary U.K. knighthood (or damehood for ladies). 

This story originally published on November 14, 2018. It was last updated on June 20, 2019 at 10:50am PST. 


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