Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II from British brands, designers and key industry bodies
Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, tributes have poured in from prominent British designers, brands and those at key industry bodies.
The Queen had ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe. Her reign had seen her travel more widely than any other monarch, undertaking many historic overseas visits. Known for her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service, she had been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change.
Her patronages and charities covered a wide range of issues, from opportunities for young people, to the preservation of wildlife and the environment. Having Her Majesty as Royal patron or president provided vital publicity for the work of these organisations.
The Queen also played an important role in the British fashion industry, having helped launch the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design in 2018. The inaugural award was announced and presented to Richard Quinn when The Queen made her first visit to London Fashion Week.
The Award, initiated in recognition of the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, is awarded annually, presented by a senior member of the Royal Family, to an emerging British fashion designer of womenswear, menswear, or accessories that shows exceptional talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and strong sustainable policies.
Marks & Spencer
"We’re deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. She’s led for over 70 years with quiet determination and selfless devotion. We join the Royal Family and the nation in their grief and offer the Royal Family our heartfelt condolences."
British Fashion Council
"We are devastated to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II whose reign will be marked in history as one of empathy, strength and grace. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family as we celebrate The Queen’s life and remember her extraordinary legacy. It was a great honour in 2018 to host Her Majesty at London Fashion Week to launch the QEII Award for British Design which recognises design excellence and positive impact. Her Majesty’s effortless style, charm and sense of fun was evident and her passion in supporting young creatives will continue to inspire the next generation."
Caroline Rush CBE
"It is a sad, sad day. Devastated to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II whose reign will be marked in history as one of empathy, strength and grace. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family as we remember The Queen’s life and her extraordinary legacy. It was a great honour In 2018 to host Her Majesty at London Fashion Week to launch The QE11 Award for British Design"
"We are deeply saddened by the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II, an extraordinary woman who inspired generations with her dedicated service throughout her life. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and we join people around the world in mourning her loss."
"We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen. We join the Royal Family in mourning her loss."
"It is with great sadness that we mourn today the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. On behalf of the Stella McCartney team, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the Royal Family."
“The Queen performs a national service. Every morning she has her breakfast, most days her outfit is already decided for her royal appointment - shake hands, give speeches. Every institution in our country wants her acknowledgement and attribution. Her life is prescribed. The Royal family, as an institution, is social cement. The Queen holds the country together. She’s a figurehead of international diplomacy. I think it’s so important that our Royal family is hereditary, the family member’s learn diplomacy by osmosis and develop a sense of duty to our country and to the world. We all owe her our gratitude.”
"Today is a very sad day for the entire world. I’m deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Monarch, Her Majesty The Queen. She will be remembered for her steadfast loyalty and service and my thoughts are with the royal family at this time."
"It is with deep sadness that we commemorate the passing of our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, in her beloved Balmoral estate. The thoughts and condolences of all Fenwick colleagues are with The Queen's family, as we join with people throughout the world in mourning her loss.
"We remember with gratitude and affection The Queen's 70 years of dedicated service from and extraordinary and unfailing commitment to duty throughout her reign."
"Harvey Nichols is deeply saddened to hear of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. Her Majesty The Queen will be remembered for her long-serving reign and dedicated service as monarch to this country. As we mourn and reflect on this tragic loss, we send our thoughts to the Royal Family and the public."
"We stand with the entire nation in grief on the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. Her Majesty stood as a symbol of Britain, bringing comfort, leadership and steadfastness to millions over her 70-year reign. On behalf of Harrods and our employees, we send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family and our united in remembrance of her dedicated life to public service."
"It is with deep sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth has been a reassuring constant throughout our lives, ascending to the throne on 6 February 1952, making her the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Over the past 70 years, her Majesty has been dedicated to the service of our country and the Commonwealth, demonstrating an enormous sense of duty and commitment.
"Our thoughts are very much with the Royal Family at this time, as the country comes together to pay tribute and remember Queen Elizabeth II."
"We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen. She faithfully served the nation as our Sovereign during her long, happy and glorious reign. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to The Royal Family."
Edward Enninful OBE
"Like so many millions around the world I am deeply saddened by the news of Her Majesty's passing. From Ghana to the UK, the Queen has been a constant figure through the decades. Her extraordinary work ethic and peerless sense of duty have been an inspiration to so many, myself included. This is a profoundly sad day and all my thoughts are with the royal family tonight."
Dame Margaret Barbour
"I would like to send my sincere condolences to the members of The Royal Family on the sad news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I have been very proud and honoured to hold Her Majesty's Royal Warrant since 1982. With deepest sympathy."
"We are saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We extend our deepest condolences to the Royal Family as we join those in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the world in mourning her loss.
"We thank Her Majesty The Queen for over 70 years of dedication to her country. A public servant, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, the longest-reigning British monarch leaves behind an unforgettable legacy following a life of extraordinary service. Rest in peace, HM Queen Elizabeth II."
Costume Society UK
"It is with great sadness that the Costume Society marks the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As a woman who lives her life in the public eye she understood the power of clothes and developed her own distinctive style for state, ceremonial, public and private occasions.
"Her sense of humour, as well as her recognition that her appearance was fundamental to her role, can be summed up in her own words - 'I have to be seen to be believed'."
"I am deeply saddened by the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II, who has served the UK with immense dignity, respect and selflessness over the course of her historic 70-year reign. My thoughts, those of my wife and those of the entire Paul Smith team are with the Royal Family."
"We are very sad to hear the news about the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She has given incredible service to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries over the last 70 years and she will be much missed around the world. We will be recognising the Queen’s significant contribution during the period of state mourning."
"All of us at ASOS are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time."
"Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. We join people around the world and the Royal Family in mourning this loss."
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. We’re grateful to Her Majesty for her service to Great Britain and the Commonwealth nations and extend our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family."
"Boden joins with the entire nation and commonwealth to express our deepest sorrow at the news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. Her selfless and unwavering service throughout her long reign has been and will be a lasting inspiration to all. And certainly to all of us. Our sympathy and thoughts are with The Royal Family at this difficult time."