LONDON – As the UK embarked on a period of national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, members of the fashion industry paid tribute to the country’s longest-serving monarch.
The Queen ruled for 70 years and this year celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in June with a four-day weekend of festivities in Britain and Commonwealth countries that maintain strong ties to Britain.
His health had deteriorated over the past year, although he continued to work and carry out public and private commitments.
Earlier this week he asked his 15th prime minister, Liz Truss, to form a government after Boris Johnson’s resignation. Two days later she died peacefully in her beloved Scottish home, Balmoral, surrounded by her children and princes William and Harry.
“During this time of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and supported by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the queen was so widely held,” said King Charles III, 73, who spent his adult life preparing to become monarch of Great Britain and progressively take on tasks that had previously been performed by the queen.
Friday night he will give his first televised address to the nation. Buckingham Palace said on Friday morning that the mourning period will last up to seven days after the queen’s funeral, the date of which will be announced in the next few hours.
With Charles entering his new role, the line of succession has changed, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge taking on the new title of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge. In England, the monarch’s eldest son automatically assumes the title of Duke of Cornwall.
William, 40, is now first in line to the throne, and his eldest son, Prince George, 9, is second in line, followed by George’s brothers, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4.
The queen’s death resonated around the world, with the fashion industry paying tribute to her on social media. Donatella Versace, Stella McCartney, Paul Smith, Victoria Beckham and many other industry figures have expressed their condolences on Instagram.
“We have lost one of the greatest women in the world. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II showed us how to live our lives, “Versace wrote.” She lived with grace, fortitude, hard work, loyalty and kindness. She was an inspiration to all of us. I send mine. deepest and most personal condolences to King Charles III and to all the royal family ”.
Richard Quinn, who often refers to the queen in his fashion shows, and who received the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design in 2018, said her death “is a time of great sadness, for me and for the whole country. Her legacy will never be forgotten. It was an honor to meet her and I will carry the memory with me forever ”.
McCartney posted a black and white image of the queen with one of her horses, writing: “It is with great sadness that we mourn the death of Her Majesty the Queen today. On behalf of Stella McCartney’s team, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the royal family ”.
Giorgio Armani wrote that “suddenly imagining the world without Elizabeth II, Queen Elizabeth in the collective imagination, is very difficult for me. I think it is for all those who, in these long years of reign, have become fond of her even though they are not English. The idea of the monarchy always makes us dream: it is linked to history, and to fairy tales ».
He added that she represented “the epitome of the queen: balanced, loyal, imperturbable despite the inevitable scandals. She was symbolic even in the smallest gesture. As a stylist I have always admired her very personal way of dressing and communicating as well as her privacy. I would never change anything about her. It saddens me to hear of her loss ”of her.
Burberry’s new CEO, Jonathan Akeroyd, said the company was “deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty the Queen. Queen Elizabeth II will forever be remembered with deep admiration, respect and affection by everyone at Burberry. We join the royal family in mourning her “disappearance.”
Burberry has been the royal warrant holder, or chosen supplier of goods, to the queen and her family since the 1950s.
Designer Harris Reed stated that “the queen is a woman for whom I have always sought strength, style and the most beautiful choices of color and elegance. She has been a true source of inspiration for so many and someone I have deeply admired ”.
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