It has been a great time for royalty recently -- not the sort charged for use of an intellectual property right but for the sort you find on thrones and in packs of playing cards. Earlier this year we had the King's Speech; then we had the Prince's Wedding. Now it's the turn of the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Celia Birtwell. A sample of Celia's work is portrayed on the left. Another fashion sector name making the list, this time with an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), is Nicholas Robertson (Chief executive and co-founder, ASOS.com), who is perhaps better known for making, er, money. A third fashion honour -- an MBE -- goes to journalist Sarah Mower, who also has a diplomatic role as the British Fashion Council's ambassador for emerging talent [quips Merpel, if she can spot emerging talent, will she please volunteer her services to the England football team?].
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Full list of Honours here (have the Kats missed anyone?)
Useful device for locating the British Empire here