Queen toasts British fashion at Palace reception with Twiggy and Yasmin LeBon

The monarch invited key players to an event designed to celebrate the UK style industry

Some of British fashion's biggest names were special guests at Buckingham Palace this week, at a special reception hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Those present included designers Zandra Rhodes, Julien MacDonald and Betty Jackson and raven-haired supermodel Erin O'Connor, who confessed to being nervous about speaking to the monarch.

"I'm not one for being over-excited, but she's such an important lady," said the 32-year-old, pretty in a black silk shirt with oversize bow, printed jacket and flats.

It wasn't a first for Sixties icon Twiggy – who was wearing a Stella McCartney dress with a print by her own daughter Carly. She said: "I've been to the Palace a few times and met the Queen before and she's lovely.

Sophie Dahl was also full of praise for the British sovereign, on elegant form in a floral-print Angela Kelly suit.

"The Queen is my icon in general," said the model-turned-cookery show host. "I have embraced her use of matching shoes and handbag since I was 16. I think she looks marvellous."

Other guests at the reception, where students from the Royal College of Art exhibited a display of contemporary clothing, included Yasmin LeBon and Duran Duran star husband Simon.

Vivienne Westwood was unable to attend due to ill health, however.

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