- Queen Elizabeth II made her first visit to London Fashion Week on Tuesday afternoon.
- The 91-year-old monarch sat in the front row, next to Conde Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour.
- Wintour has been criticised online for not taking off her sunglasses as a sign of respect to the Queen.
The Queen of England made her first visit to London Fashion Week Tuesday afternoon, where she sat in the front row at designer Richard Quinn’s runway show, next to Conde Nast’s artistic director, Anna Wintour.
Wintour famously always wears her sunglasses to runway shows, and Tuesday was no exception.
This has sent the internet into a frenzy as people claim it showed a total lack of respect for the Queen.
“Anna Wintour looking ridiculous as usual – sunglasses indoors?! At least the Queen knows how to dress properly for any occasion,” one commenter wrote on Twitter.
But according to Wintour, these glasses serve a purpose.
“They are seriously useful. I can sit in a show and if I am bored out of my mind, nobody will notice … At this point, they have become, really, armour,” she said in an interview on 60 Minutes in 2009, as was reported by The Cut.
“It is polite to remove sunglasses when being formally introduced to a member of the Royal Family, but in this case, Anna Wintour was not being formally introduced to The Queen, and her sunglasses are very much her trademark,” Lucy Hume, associate director of Debrett’s, an etiquette advisory company, told Business Insider.
When Wintour was made a dame by the Queen in 2017, she did not wear sunglasses.