Rigby & Peller, a luxury underwear firm which supplied lingerie to the Queen has lost its royal warrant over a book which revealed details of royal bra fittings. The company has held the royal warrant since 1950. It was withdrawn after June Kenton, who fitted bras for the Queen, released a book called ‘Storm in a D-Cup’.
Mrs Kenton said there was “nothing” in the book to “be upset about”, adding that it was an “unbelievable” decision. Mrs Kenton, from Bushey in Hertfordshire, had bought Rigby & Peller with her husband in 1982 for £20,000 before selling a majority stake in 2011 for £8m – although she remains on the board. As official “corsetiere” to the Queen, Mrs Kenton regularly visited Buckingham Palace and served members of the Royal Family, including the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. The 82-year-old’s autobiography was published in March 2017 and gave details of her royal visits. She said she was told by the Palace six months ago that they “didn’t like the book” and she shouldn’t have the royal warrant any more.
For centuries, royal warrants have been issued to trades people and companies who regularly supply goods or services to the monarchy. The royal warrant is granted to a named individual and gives them permission and responsibility for the display of the relevant Royal Arms in connection with the business. They are not granted for professional services, such as to bankers or solicitors, or to publications such as newspapers and magazines.