Ralph Lauren is to become the first American fashion designer to be knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

“I warmly congratulate Ralph Lauren on this award that recognizes these efforts and achievements over the past 50 years,” says Antony Phillipson, British Consul General to New York and Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America. “In his storied career in fashion, business, and philanthropy, Mr. Lauren has played a key role in forging transatlantic cultural and economic connections. As creator and visionary of the Ralph Lauren brand worldwide, Mr. Lauren has been a vanguard for the global fashion industry and American style for nearly half a century. In addition, monumental philanthropic efforts, especially in the realm of public health, cancer research and treatment in both the US and the UK, have led to benefits felt by citizens around the world.”

In his 50-plus year career, Lauren has also received the Key to the City of New York, the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal for being a great American and his role in the preservation of the Star-Spangled Banner, and CFDA’s Humanitarian Leadership Award, among countless other awards and recognitions.