Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

THE BRA'S THE STAR; June Kenton Is the Queen of British Lingerie and Has Measured Up Everyone from Royals to Celebrities. MARION McMULLEN Looks Back at Her Career

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

THE BRA'S THE STAR; June Kenton Is the Queen of British Lingerie and Has Measured Up Everyone from Royals to Celebrities. MARION McMULLEN Looks Back at Her Career

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Byline: MARION McMULLEN

PROVIDING undies fit for a queen is a daunting prospect and June Kenton admits she was terrified when she was first summoned to Buckingham Palace in 1982.

"Everyone is nervous when they meet the Queen. You worry about what to wear, whether your hair is right... whether you can curtsey without falling over. And that is when you are meeting the Queen in public. I was going to meet her in her bedroom."

June's husband Harold drove her to Buckingham Palace and she says she was a gibbering wreck before the fitting.

Luckily everything went smoothly and the meeting saw June royally-appointed as the corsetiere to Queen Elizabeth.

June reveals in her new autobiography Storm In A D Cup that she was in a complete dream after the first meeting and says: "I, June Kenton, a little Jewish woman from Croydon, had met the Queen and was walking through Buckingham Palace."

June Kenton in and her new " The petite powerhouse has been in the lingerie industry for more than 60 years, and came up with her own method for bra-fitting. She discarded her tape measure and used only her eyes for sizings.

Comedy star Dawn French once said: "Thanks to June Kenton I have remained upright, with both front lumps safely encased for all of my adult life thus far. Phew."

June transformed London's famous Rigby & Peller into a leading international brand. She came from a family of retailers and studied at the Berlei Corset School in Oxford Street when she was starting out.

Her own empire began with her running two open-fronted shopping units in Brixton with her future husband Harold back in 1961. They built up the business over the years and made Contour - their company name - a success before they bought bespoke corsetry company Rigby & Peller in Mayfair in 1982.

The business was struggling at the time, but it had a Royal Warrant and had provided a service to the Queen for 22 years. …

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