The Queen wore a beautiful purple day dress as she honored designer Stewart Parvin

By Simon Perry
Updated March 02, 2016 01:05 PM
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As if receiving an award from the Queen isn t special enough, one beloved designer received a double honor from the monarch.

When couturier Stewart Parvin arrived at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, he was personally handed his award by Queen Elizabeth, 89, who made him member of the Royal Victorian Order, which is typically reserved for those who have served her or her family.

And the Queen found her own special way to pay tribute to the fashion designer – by wearing a patterned purple day dress made by him!

The designer, who grew up in Ascot, near Windsor Castle, and has designed for the Queen for almost 15 years, modestly said she makes his work easy.

“Designing for someone who looks so wonderful in clothes is very easy,” he told reporters after the ceremony at Buckingham Palace’s ballroom. “I’m hugely humbled and very grateful and very proud to receive it.”

Parvin, 48, who was first asked to work for the palace by Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal assistant and dresser in the run-up to the 2002 Golden Jubilee, added that the choice of colors, such as the bold grape-colored hue she wore Tuesday, was a “mutual decision.”

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During his career, Parvin has come up with fashions for a range of the Queen’s appearances – from formal, evening and day events. The Queen wore one of his silk crepe evening gowns at a banquet in honor of President Barack Obama. He has also created outfits for her to wear for the annual Royal Ascot.

And his designs extend to other members of the royal family as well! He designed Zara Tindall s (the Queen s granddaughter) gorgeous wedding gown in 2011.