Royal bra-fitter 'heartbroken' after losing the Queen as a client

The former owner of a British bra maker that supplied underwear to the Queen says she's heartbroken, after her new book cost the company its Royal Warrant.

A Royal Warrant is a recognition for those who supply a specific service or good to Buckingham Palace, and gives them the right to display the royal coat of arms. 

After publishing a memoir entitled Storm in a D-cup, June Kenton was informed that the company she once owned would no longer be counting the Queen as a customer.

The decision was allegedly made after Ms Kenton disclosed private interactions between her and the royal family.

The book recounts Ms Kenton's first meeting with the monarch and her nervousness at being ushered into the royal bedroom, among other stories.

While mainly symbolic, a Royal Warrant still carries significant social standing. 

Ms Kenton told Time magazine: "It is a very, very major thing to have a Royal Warrant."

Kenton bought Rigby & Peller in 1982, then sold a majority stake to luxury lingerie maker Van de Velde for almost NZ$15 million in 2011. Rigby & Peller had held the Royal Warrant as corsetiere to the Queen since 1960.

"I am completely and utterly heartbroken. I apologise for anything I might have done or said in the book - it was totally unintentional."


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