Ralph Lauren is not only the American dream personified, now he will be the first American fashion designer to be honoured by Queen Elizabeth II as he will receive the Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE). Lauren will be honoured for his services to fashion as well as for his philanthropy, and he will be presented by the prize by a representative on behalf of the Queen at a ceremony next year.
Ralph Lauren will join the ranks of other notable Americans who have received the same award including President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Ronald Reagan, President George H. W. Bush, Angelina Jolie, Steve Spielberg, and Bill and Melinda Gates. The fact that Ralph Lauren should be the first American fashion designer to receive such an honorary prize should come as no surprise given the fact that his designs are favoured by British royalty since the days of Princess Diana. His designs are also a favourite for Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
However, this isn’t Lauren’s first honourable award, and clearly won’t be his last. Among his other awards, he won the CFDA’s Womens wear and Menswear Designer of the year and Member’s Salute, the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal, the French Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the President of France and the key to New York City from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
It is worth mentioning that Lauren has done some remarkable philanthropic work by helping cancer patients receive good quality health care. He has established a number of cancer research centers; Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care in Harlem New York, and The Ralph Lauren Center for Breast Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.