Following more than five decades as one of the fashion world’s biggest names, Ralph Lauren has been made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) for his contributions to fashion. In a private ceremony held at Buckingham Palace, Lauren was presented with the honorary knighthood insignia by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
The Ralph Lauren brand has become a staple of American style, gracing the runways with elegant yet wearable designs. As one of the most recognizable names in the fashion industry, the brand’s founder, now the executive chairman and chief creative officer of the Ralph Lauren Corporation, is hailed a paragon not only of fashion design, but also of business and philanthropy.
In addition to designing decades’ worth of clothing for members of the royal family, Lauren has funded cancer research in Washington D.C., New York, and London. The Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research opened at The Royal Marsden, in London, in 2016; the center is at the forefront of international breast cancer research, with a focus in the field of molecular testing. This month, the company announced its commitment to further support the hospital by helping to fund a new state-of-the-art cancer facility there.
Lauren has previously been awarded the Key to the City of New York and the French Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur for his outstanding civic contributions.
Now the first U.S. fashion designer to be honored with knighthood, Ralph Lauren continues to embody “American” style worldwide.