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Karl-Ludwig Rehse at his​ Chiltern Street studio, London, in 2006.

In October 1988 the Queen paid a state visit to Spain. Alighting from the aircraft in a blue and white silk dress and matching coat, she was greeted warmly by King Juan Carlos, who announced: “Darling, you look wonderful.”

With those four words Karl-Ludwig Rehse’s career was made. He was chosen to be one of Her Majesty’s three private couturiers, picking out materials and designing outfits for her for the next three decades.

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