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Philip's an inspiration, Vogue chief Dame Anna tells the Queen

By Sally Wardle

American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour congratulated the Queen on her husband's service to the country as she was made a Dame Commander.

Ms Wintour, who has spent almost 30 years editing the fashion bible, described the Duke of Edinburgh as an "inspiration to us all" following the announcement that he will retire from public service in the autumn.

The 67-year-old removed her signature sunglasses shortly before entering the ballroom of Buckingham Palace, where she received an honour for services to fashion and journalism.

Ms Wintour said: "I congratulated her on Prince Philip's service because obviously that's so remarkable and such an inspiration to us all."

The legendary figure in the world of fashion was born in London. She was editor of British Vogue between 1985 and 1987 before taking the helm of the US magazine in 1988.

She said it was "wonderful" to receive the honour from the Queen for her services to the industry.

"Obviously this is a city that I grew up in, a city that I have so much affection and love for," she said.

"It's always wonderful to get an award but this one is extra special."

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