Twiggy, 69, looks stylish in white power suit as style icon receives damehood for her services to fashion, the arts and charity

  • Star arrived at Buckingham Palace on Thursday morning for the Investiture Ceremony, conducted by the Prince of Wales 
  • Twiggy shot to fame in 1966 at the age of just 16 and often credited as being one of the world’s first supermodels 
  • Style icon said the ‘wonderful’ news of her damehood makes her ‘giggle’

Twiggy has been awarded a damehood for her services to fashion, the arts and charity.

The 69-year-old star looked delighted as she arrived at Buckingham Palace on Thursday morning for the Investiture Ceremony, conducted by the Prince of Wales. 

Clad in a white power suit and a beige fascinator, the 1960s icon – famed for being one of the world’s first supermodels – was dressed to impress as she received her DBE.

Dame Twiggy: 60s supermodel Twiggy has been awarded a damehood, looking delighted when she arrived at London ‘s Buckingham Palace on Thursday morning for the Investiture Ceremony

Twiggy added a quirky touch to chic three-piece suit by Stella McCartney by ditching the high heels in favour of a pair of white brogues.

She said about the British designer: ‘I’ve known her all my (sic) life, she texted me when she heard about the award and said ‘can I dress you?’ and I said ‘yes”.’


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Twiggy, real name Lesley Hornby, showed off her age-defying looks as she posed outside the Palace. 

She quipped: ‘Officially it’s Dame Lesley but call me Dame Twiggy. I think Dame Twiggy sounds best!’

The London born star, who grew up in Neasden, was accompanied by her husband Leigh Lawson. 

Twiggy’s daughter Carly, 40 – whose father was Twiggy’s first husband, the late American actor Michael Witney – was also in attendance. 

The media personality was thrilled to finally be made Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. 

Stylish: Dressed in a white power suit and a chic fascinator, the 60s supermodel commanded attention as she prepared to receive her title

Iconic look: Twiggy burst onto the scene in 1966 aged just 16 with her unique look, has often been called the ‘world’s first supermodel’

After the ceremony, the model and actress said about Charles: ‘I’ve met him before he’s really nice and he said ‘congratulations, about time you got this, we’re all thrilled for you.’ 

Speaking about receiving the honour from the heir to the throne she added: ‘It’s amazing when you think of all the things I’ve done in life.’

Twiggy burst onto the scene in 1966 aged just 16 with her unique look, and is often credited as the ‘world’s first supermodel’, following in the footsteps of Jean Shrimpton (The Shrimp).

She was famously dubbed ‘The Face of ’66’ and made her mark on the fashion industry thanks to her gamine look. 

Celebrated for her androgynous hairstyle, svelte figure and big, doe eyes, Twiggy has always claimed her iconic haircut changed her life.

After she had her locks styled at celebrity salon Leonard of Mayfair in London, photographer Barry Lategan took pictures of her.

Supportive: Twiggy attended the ceremony with her proud husband Leigh Lawson, who she wed in 1988

Family outing: Her daughter Carly, 40 – whose father was Twiggy’s first husband, the late American actor Michael Witney – was also in attendance

Look of love: Twiggy and her husband Leigh tied the knot in 1988, shortly after they worked in the film Madame Sousatzka together

Deirdre McSharry, a fashion journalist from the Daily Express, saw the images – and the rest is history.    

Twiggy soon featured in every leading fashion magazine, brought out her own range of Twiggy Dresses in 1967, and has girls everywhere copying her painted on eyelashes. 

Her moniker was coined by her then boyfriend Justin de Villeneuve (born Nigel Davies), who became her manager and convinced her to change her name to Twiggy, inspired by her childhood nickname ‘Twigs’. 

She then turned to acting and went on to launch a music career, gaining a foothold in the entertainment world in Ken Russell’s 1971 film The Boy Friend. 

The musical comedy won Twiggy two Golden Globe awards, for best newcomer and best actress in a musical/comedy respectively.  

Style icon: Celebrated for her androgynous hairstyle, svelte figure and big, doe eyes, Twiggy has always claimed her haircut changed her life

The face of a generation: Twiggy soon featured in every leading fashion magazine, brought out her own range of Twiggy Dresses in 1967, and has girls everywhere copying her painted on eyelashes

Twiggy made her Broadway debut in 1983 and was later nominated for a Tony Award for her role in My One And Only.

Her star turn on Broadway is still the highlight in her career, which spans over five decades.   

She explained: ‘Because when the whole thing happened to me at 16 … I had very little control of that in the beginning. 

‘I was discovered, it was a whirlwind and it was amazing and wonderful and bizarre. I kind of went with it.

‘If I could pick one thing, it was appearing on Broadway in My One And Only that I’m the proudest of professionally because I didn’t think I could do that, going out in front of 2,000 people every night singing and dancing.’ 

In recent years, Twiggy has taken her career in a new direction. 

Honour: The media personality, who burst onto the scene in 1966, was thrilled to finally be made Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Delighted: The star couldn’t keep the smile off her face as she was presented with her DBE by the Prince of Wales 

Thrilled: Charles thanked the iconic star for her services to fashion, the arts and charity

She has returned to modelling, fronting several Marks & Spencer campaigns, designed a range of glasses for Specsavers and appeared as a judge on America’s Next Top Model.  

The multi-talented star also tried her hand at music, releasing an album in 2011 called Romantically Yours.

She is a long-standing campaigner for animal welfare, Vision Aid Overseas, and in support of breast cancer research and numerous children’s charities.  

Speaking about the start of her career Dame Twiggy said: ‘I was discovered in 1966 so that’s over 50 years ago and I’m still working and still doing things I love to do, and hopefully helping a few people along the way. 

Recalling the 1960s, she said: ‘We kind of knew it was a buzzy time when we were living it, but you know we were young and we thought “this is great”.’

‘Obviously what happened to me was a one off, being a schoolgirl one night and then being world-famous within three months, it was literally overnight.’   

Proud: Twiggy couldn’t contain her delight as she held her DBE aloft outside the Palace 

Striking: Twiggy, real name Lesley Hornby, showed off her age-defying looks with natural make-up 

When she was first awarded the title in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, Twiggy said the news makes her ‘giggle’. 

She said: ‘When we wake up every morning we turn to each other, my husband (Leigh Lawson) and I, and we just giggle. So it’s a very nice, warm feeling, and obviously I am very honoured. 

‘The hardest thing has been keeping it a secret, because we’ve known for about three-and-a-half weeks.’ 

She continued: ‘I’m a very proud Brit, I feel I’m an ambassador for Britain, I always have (felt I am one), because I think it’s the best country in the world and I travel the world all the time and I’m known throughout the world and, you know, being British is one of my things.’  

Her only disappointment was that her parents Norman and Nell did not live to see her get the award. 

‘They’d have been so proud,’ she said. ‘But hopefully they are looking down and they know.’  

Supermodel status: She was famously dubbed ‘The Face of ’66’ and made her mark on the fashion industry thanks to her boyish, unique look

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