The Prince of Wales presents designer Ralph Lauren with his honorary KBE (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Fashion in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace Wednesday June 19, 2019. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Ralph Lauren receives honorary knighthood in London

June 19, 2019 - 7:34 pm

LONDON (AP) — Ralph Lauren has collected an accolade from Prince Charles and it's a doozy: Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for Services to Fashion.

The designer was presented with the insignia, bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II, in a private ceremony Wednesday at Buckingham Palace.

A company statement says Lauren is the first American designer to be recognized with an honorary knighthood. Ralph Lauren Corp. has donated to a breast cancer research center in London and plans to financially support a second center as well.

Lauren said via email he's always been inspired by the history, traditions and culture of the U.K. and considers the knighthood a "very special moment" as he celebrates 50 years in fashion.