Sarah Burton has been awarded an OBE, or The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire honor, for services to the fashion industry–and for designing the wedding dress of a certain bride-to-be, Kate Middleton. Perhaps you’ve heard of her?
According to The Telegraph, Prince Charles handed Burton, who has been creative director of Alexander McQueen for only a few years, the prestigious award during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. We guess the Royal Palace must have really, really liked the wedding gown–and the record-breaking 600,000 visitors it drew to the Palace when it was on display last summer.
“I’m very, very humbled and it’s just a huge honor to be here–I’m very lucky,” Burton, who is pregnant with twins, told the Press Association after the event. “I’ve been given some amazing opportunities–to work for someone as amazing as Lee [Alexander McQueen] and then having the honor of doing the wedding dress.”
As for how that whole royal wedding dress commission came about, Burton said, “It came completely out of the blue, it was very exciting, and I felt very privileged.”
And now that Kate Middleton is pregnant, Burton may have some new exciting commissions in her near future. Asked if she will design maternity wear for Middleton, Burton laugh and said, “I hope so.”
We hope so too!