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Stella McCartney Gets an OBE


Today, the Queen recognized Stella McCartney for her contributions to fashion by pinning her with an Order of the British Empire. In addition to building her own fashion empire, McCartney was picked to design the UK’s 2012 Olympic uniforms—and royal honors seem to run in the family (ahem, Sir Paul McCartney). So it seems fitting that Ms. McCartney get the prestigious and much-merited honor. The Queen deserves some props, too—considering previous OBE recipients include Stephen Jones, Sarah Burton, and Dame Vivienne Westwood, we’d have to say she’s got some pretty sharp taste.

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Sir Bernard? Arnault To Be Knighted


Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is set to receive an Order of the British Empire for his “services to business and the wider community in the U.K.,” WWD reports. Though he is currently catching flack in France after it was revealed last month that he had applied for Belgian citizenship, he’s getting lots of love from the British and has been approved for the honorary award (the only French national to get it this year) because of his major contributions to relations between the U.K. and France. He joins the likes of Bill Gates, Placido Domingo, and Steven Spielberg, all of whom have received it in the past.

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