Royal bra-fitter loses contract after 82-year-old owner talks about their 'fittings' in her book

Royal bra-fitter loses contract after 82-year-old owner talks about their 'fittings' in her book

The former owner's book 'Storm in a D-cup' managed to ruffle the feathers of the Queen resulting in this loss of the Royal Warrant.

British bra-fitters Rigby & Peller was stripped of its royal warrant after the former owner released a book disclosing details of the company’s private fittings at Buckingham Palace.

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Rigby & Peller store in London, England. (Source: Pinterest)

High-end lingerie company Rigby & Peller, owned by June Kenton and her husband Harold, was stripped of its royal warrant in 2017 after June published her memoir, Storm In A D-Cup.

The Royal Family. (Source: Twitter)

Rigby & Peller had held what's called a Royal warrant as lingerie-supplier to the Queen since 1960. There are about 800 royal warrant holders, including individuals, small businesses, and global companies.

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The Royal Warrant symbols pertaining to the Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Charles. (Source: Twitter) 

It is a mark of recognition for those who supply specific goods or services to the Royal household. Just one example is Fortnum & Mason, which has a warrant as "grocer & provision merchant" to the monarch.

The former owner of the firm told Associated Press she regretted her book had caused the business to lose its "Royal warrant" and meant no offense to the monarch or her family.

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The book written by June Kenton resulted in the lingerie firm losing their royal warrant. (Source: Amazon/Pinterest)

"There's nothing in there that makes you think, 'Oh! That's naughty'," June said.

"It's very sad to have ended like this.

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June Kenton, former owner of Rigby & Peller, at an interview about her book 'Storm in a D-cup'. (Source: Pinterest)

"I am completely and utterly heartbroken. I apologize for anything I might have done or said in the book. It was totally unintentional. While no details of royal underwear fittings were published, June Kenton, 82, included an anecdote about the Queen Mother ignoring Princess Margaret’s opinions on hats.

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The Queen Mother at Ascot, circa 1978. (Photo by Getty Images)

“I pretend to listen to Margaret and then, once she has gone, I order what I want,” the book quoted the Queen Mother as saying. June also included details about Princess Diana and Princes William and Harry.

“I never met Diana’s boys, but I used to give her lingerie and swimwear posters for them to put up in their studies at Eton,” she wrote.

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Princess Diana with the boys (Prince William and Prince Harry) in 1995. (Source: Pinterest)

She also described her first meeting with Queen Elizabeth and the moment she entered the royal bedroom for the first time. Describing herself as “the UK’s leading boobologist” in one account to help the book promotions, she noted that “even the grandest ladies need to be well-supported” and described giving the half-dressed monarch a first bra fitting, with her corgis prancing around.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Hull train station during a visit to the city on November 16, 2017 in Kingston upon Hull, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

She insists her autobiography is not a tell-all book and said she even sent a copy to Buckingham Palace when the book was published last year.

Russel Tanguay, the director of royal warrants at the Royal Warrants Holders Association, confirmed to the Daily Express that Rigby & Peller lost its royal warrant — i.e., its right to advertise itself as a royal supplier — in mid-2017. The company was also given a specified time frame for when it had to remove the royal coat of arms on its marketing materials.

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Lot 717 - Royal Warrant Holders Association Medal GV, with the initials. (Source: Pinterest)

Royal expert and Flinders University, Associate Professor Giselle Bastin, said it was best for businesses dealing with the Royal family to keep quiet.

"It is still considered prestigious for a business to hold a Royal warrant and yes, discretion is important — particularly in the case of businesses that provide personal services to members of the Royal family," Professor Bastin said.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach to travel to the Houses of Parliament for the State Opening on May 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

A statement from Rigby & Peller said the company was “deeply saddened” by the decision.

The statement said it was “not able to elaborate further on the cancellation out of respect for Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Warrant Holders Association”.

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Queen Elizabeth II leaves Number 10 Downing Street after attending the Government's weekly Cabinet meeting on December 18, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Kentons purchased the lingerie company for ₤20,000 in 1982. June Kenton honed her craft at the Berlie Corsetry School and has worked in the lingerie industry for six decades.

The couple sold their stake in Rigby & Peller to Belgian company Van de Velde in 2011, but June remained on the board and continued to work with the Royals.

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Queen Elizabeth II during an official visit to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment at Hyde Park on October 24, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Palace declined to comment on Thursday. "In respect of Royal warrants, we never comment on individual companies," the statement said.

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