Queen Elizabeth's bra fitter Rigby & Peller loses royal warrant

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

A lingerie retailer that supplied underwear to the Queen has been stripped of its royal warrant reportedly because the firm's director wrote a book revealing details of her work with the royal family.

Kenton reveals such details as Princess Margaret's penchant for handmade swimwear (insisted on for her trips to Mustique) and describes giving Princess Diana posters of models in lingerie for her sons, William and Harry, "to put up in their studies at Eton".

The 82-year-old said losing the warrant "absolutely killed" her and that she regretted "not being wise enough" to omit mention of the royals in her autobiography.

Kenton gave other intimate details about her working relationship with other members of the royal family, including her friend Diana, Princess of Wales, whom she met in the gym.

Rigby & Peller said it was "deeply saddened" by the news but was "not able to elaborate further on the cancellation out of respect for her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Warrant Holders Association".

Ms Kenton and her husband bought Rigby & Peller for 20,000 pounds (A$34,315) in 1982, then sold a majority stake to Belgian luxury lingerie maker Van de Velde for eight million pounds (A$13,000) in 2011.

Royal warrants are issued to trades people and companies who regularly supply goods or services to the monarchy with many considering it to be one of the highest business accolades in the UK. "The book doesn't contain anything naughty", she told The Telegraph.

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"I'm very sad Buckingham Palace took exception to the story - it's a kind and gentle story about what went on in my life", said Keller, according to the BBC. "She's wonderful. I mean, don't you think she's fantastic?"

"Shall I tell you what I do?" she was quoted as saying.

She also told how the Queen Mother once said that she "pretends to listen" to Princess Margaret's choice of hats when her milliner came for fittings but that "once she has gone, I order what I want".

While the company has held the United Kingdom royal warrant since 1960, she only took over the role in the 1980s.

The brand was founded in 1939 by Gita Peller - a Jewish Hungarian refugee who settled in London - and English corsetiere Bertha Rigby with their first shop in South Molton Street in London's West End.

Luxury department store Harrods lost its royal warrant in 2000, after its owner Mohamed al Fayed accused the royals of masterminding the 1997 vehicle crash that killed Diana and his son Dodi.

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