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Queen's bra fitter Rigby & Peller loses royal warrant

Queen's bra fitter Rigby & Peller loses royal warrant

For 57 years, Rigby & Peller held the royal warrant as the exclusive corsetiere of the royals - until former owner June Kenton published her autobiography, Storm in a D-Cup.

Kenton, who sold her majority stake in the firm in 2011 but continued to sit on the board of directors, said that the palace reaction to the book - which she describes as "gentle" - had been "horrible and a real shock".

There are only about 800 royal warrants out there, with the Palace meticulously choosing suppliers that the royal family can trust. "She's wonderful. I mean, don't you think she's unbelievable?"

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Kenton herself, however, believes that it is because of her book, but does not understand why the Palace mistook her intentions.

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Kenton has been in the lingerie industry for 60 years, and had been working for the Royal Family since the 1980s.

Among other reveals, Kenton reportedly wrote about outfitting a half-naked Queen Elizabeth in front of the monarch's beloved Corgis, as well as bringing Princess Diana pictures of scantily clad lingerie models for William and Harry to hang in their dormitories at Eton, the Daily Express reports.

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Rigby & Peller had held the title since 1960 but confirmed it was "deeply saddened" by the royal household warrants committee's decision to cancel it.

Ms Kenton said her memoir was meant to celebrate the success of the business and share its lessons with her children and grandchildren. I've never said one single word every time I've been about the Queen, ' she said.

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Department store Harrods had its royal warrant withdrawn from the Duke of Edinburgh in 2000.

Buckingham Palace has refused to be drawn into the matter, insisting it did not "comment on individual companies".

The Palace declined to comment on Thursday.

The company - which has been supplying luxury lingerie since 1960 - added it was "not able to elaborate further on the cancellation out of respect for her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Warrant Holders Association".

'However, the company will continue to provide an exemplary and discreet service to its clients'. She also claimed that there was "no dilly-dallying" in their relationship and that the Queen was "gorgeous". Currently, these companies are granted warrants for up to five years by either the Queen, Prince Philip, or Prince Charles.

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