Ralph Lauren is to become the first US designer to receive an honorary knighthood for services to fashion.
He will be knighted during a ceremony next year by a representative of the Queen.
Non-British citizens may be bestowed honorary awards for significant contributions to British interests. He joins fellow Americans Angela Ahrendts, Steven Spielberg, Angelina Jolie, Bill and Melinda Gates and former presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George Bush in receiving the honour.
As well as Lauren’s achievements in fashion, he is also being recognised for his philanthropic efforts in supporting cancer patients. In 2016, he opened the third breast cancer research centre supported by the Ralph Lauren Corporation at Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
Antony Phillipson, British consul general to New York and Her Majesty’s trade commissioner for North America, said: “In his storied career in fashion, business, and philanthropy, Mr Lauren has played a key role in forging transatlantic cultural and economic connections.
“As creator and visionary of the Ralph Lauren brand worldwide, Mr Lauren has been a vanguard for the global fashion industry and American style for nearly half a century. In addition, monumental philanthropic efforts, especially in the realm of public health, cancer research and treatment in both the US and the UK, have led to benefits felt by citizens around the world.”