Prince Charles Presents Ralph Lauren With Honourary Knighthood

Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is now a knight.

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The esteemed fashion mogul has become the first American designer to be made an Honourary Knight Commander, the highest British honour.

The prestigious award, conferred by the Queen, is given out to British citizens for their contributions to British society, but can also be given to others on an honourary basis.

During a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles presented Lauren with the honour for Services to Fashion on Wednesday.

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(Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Born in 1939 in the Bronx, New York, Lauren served two years in the U.S. Army before pursuing a career in fashion.

He eventually grew his business, turning it into a global empire and household name.

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Sir Ralph Lauren has not only been recognized for his career in fashion, but also for his outstanding civic contributions, philanthropic work and as a successful business leader.

Among his long list of accolades, Lauren has been awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal for his leadership role in preserving the Star-Spangled Banner, the CFDA’s American Fashion Legend Award, CFDA Womenswear and Menswear Designer of the Year awards, Retailer of the Year, and he was recognized for his Outstanding Achievement by the British Fashion Council at the British Fashion Awards.

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(Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
(Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Lauren joins former U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush who also received honourary UK knighthood. New York City Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudolph Giuliani also previously received the honour, as did Steven Spielberg and Bill Gates. Meanwhile, Melinda Gates, Angela Ahrendts and Angelina Jolie are the American recipients of honourary UK damehood.

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