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The First American Fashion Designer Just Got Knighted...and Were Kind of Surprised by the Choice
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That’s Sir Ralph Lauren to you.

The famed head of the brand, which he started more than 50 years ago, Lauren, 79, just became the first American fashion designer to receive the accolade of Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Besides dressing Duchess Meghan Markle to the nines for multiple events (including Prince Louiss christening) since she joined the royal family, he also opened the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

But we were a little surprised by the choice, given how iconically American the brand is. (Seems the duchess might be swaying opinions in the palace, perhaps?)

He joins a handful of other Americans who have received the honor, including President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush, Michael Bloomberg, Rudolph Giuliani, Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg and Bill and Melinda Gates, according to Vogue. His knighting ceremony will take place next year.

A knight in shining silk blazers…we can’t think of a more *fitting* distinction.

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