Sir Ralph Lauren has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Well, Queen Elizabeth II does, as Mr. Lauren has been chosen to be honored as Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) for his services to fashion and philanthropy. And because that title is ridiculously long and hilariously most excellent, you can just call him Sir.
Lauren has been an icon of American fashion for more than five decades, but his influence has spilled over into England as well. Many members of the royal family have donned his designs, including Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and newly-named duchess Meghan Markle. Apparently, this impression has not been lost on the higher-ups of British bureaucracy.
But Lauren is also being awarded a knighthood for his services to philanthropy, in which he has focused on helping cancer patients gain access to high-quality healthcare. The Ralph Lauren Corporation has established several cancer-related medical centers both in the US and UK, including the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care in Harlem, NYC, and The Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
Although he’s the first American designer to receive such an honor, Lauren is not the first fellow from the states to snag a British title. Other notable KBE honorees missing an English accent include President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Ronald Reagan, President George H. W. Bush, Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg, and Bill and Melinda Gates. Not the worst company to be in, if we do say so ourselves.