Ralph Lauren is now a knight!

He’s saved many a fashionista’s day with his sophisticated designs, so perhaps it was just a matter of time — designer Ralph Lauren was knighted by Prince Charles on Wednesday, June 19.

In a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the Prince of Wales awarded the designer Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for Services to Fashion. This marks the first time an American fashion designer has received the prestigious honor.

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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. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales, designer Ralph Lauren and his wife Ricky Lauren after he was presented with his honorary KBE (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Fashion in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales (centre) presents designer Ralph Lauren (fourth right) with his honorary KBE (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Fashion in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales (centre) presents designer Ralph Lauren (fourth right) with his honorary KBE (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Fashion in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
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. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
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. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales (centre) presents designer Ralph Lauren (fourth right) with his honorary KBE (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Fashion in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
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. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
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. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
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.
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.
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In 2015 the 79-year-old stepped down as CEO of Ralph Lauren Corporation. However he remains chief creative officer as well as an executive chairman. In 2018, the New York native celebrated 50 years in the business.

During his five decade-long run he’s done extensive work with multiple philanthropic organizations, focusing primarily on breast cancer research. He established the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive as well as the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care in Harlem, New York. And in 2016, the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research opened up at the Royal Marsden, focusing on molecular testing.

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US Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (L) and Britain's Princess Diana arrive for ceremonies at the White House on September 24, 1996. Ralph Lauren was honored for his humanitarian efforts by Georgestown University's Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research. The awrd was to be presented by Princess Diana. / AFP PHOTO / Jamal A. WILSON (Photo credit should read JAMAL A. WILSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (centre) with Head of Research Centre Professor Mitch Dowsett (left) and Ralph Lauren (right) during a visit to the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, in Chelsea, west London, as he marks the opening of the hospital's new centre for breast cancer research named after the fashion designer Ralph Lauren on May 17, 2016 in London, England. The Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research was funded by supporters of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, including a generous donation from the designer himself. William has a long association with the hospital, he became the Royal Marsden's president in 2007, following in the footsteps of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who held the same position from 1989 until her death in 1997. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Ralph Lauren unveil a plaque during a visit to the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, in Chelsea, west London, as they mark the opening of the hospital's new centre for breast cancer research named after the fashion designer on May 17, 2016 in London, England. The Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research was funded by supporters of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, including a generous donation from the designer himself. William has a long association with the hospital, he became the Royal Marsden's president in 2007, following in the footsteps of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who held the same position from 1989 until her death in 1997. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Princess Of Wales Visits Washington.Gala Charity Dinner, With Ralph Lauren. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Diana Princess of Wales presents designer Ralph Lauren with his Humanitairian award at the gala charity dinner in Washington this eveninng (Tuesday). The dinner was held to raise money for breast cancer research. Photo by john Stillwell/PA. (Photo by John Stillwell - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, second from left, hosts, from left, designer Ralph Lauren, Katharine Graham, chairman of the board, The Washington Post Company, and Princess Diana during a breakfast at the White House Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1996 in recognition of the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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When Lauren’s knighthood was first announced in November 2018, according to the Daily Mail, the U.K. Trade Commissioner for North America, Antony Phillipson, said Lauren was a key part of “transatlantic cultural and economic connections.” He also praised his role as a “vanguard for the global fashion industry and American style for nearly half a century.”

This isn’t the first time Lauren has been recognized for his contributions. In 2010, he was recognized with the Key to the City of New York from Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his outstanding civic contributions. That same year he was also given the French Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in recognition of his contributions as a designer, business leader and philanthropist.

Even though knighthoods are traditionally presented to British citizens, honorary ones can be appointed by Queen Elizabeth to non-citizens. Other notable American recipients include Steven Spielberg, Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates.

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