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Face Of ’66 becomes Dame Commander Twiggy of 2019

Lesley “Twiggy” Lawson holds her Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire award (John Stillwell/PA)
Lesley “Twiggy” Lawson holds her Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire award (John Stillwell/PA)

Sixties fashion star Dame Twiggy has spoken of the “amazing” experience of being made a Dame Commander by the Prince of Wales who told her: “About time you got this.”

The supermodel, who is now a grandmother of three, said her 16-year-old self would probably “giggle” at the thought of receiving the honour.

Brought up in Neasden, north-west London, her success story started when she was plucked from obscurity when aged just 16 and became a global celebrity overnight.

Investitures at Buckingham Palace
Lesley “Twiggy” Lawson arrives at Buckingham Palace, with her husband Leigh, son Jason and daughter Carly (Yui Mok/PA)

Dubbed The Face Of ’66 by the Daily Express, her four-year modelling career left its mark on the industry and her boyish, elfin look inspired a generation of girls.

After the Buckingham Palace investiture 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”.

Twiggy & 60’s photographs
Former model Twiggy with an old photograph of herself (Michael Stephens/PA)

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.”

Holding her Dame Commander insignia, the 69-year-old celebrity, whose real name is Lesley Lawson, insisted on everyone using her famous nickname.

She said: “Officially it’s Dame Lesley but call me Dame Twiggy.

“I think Dame Twiggy sounds best.”

The fashion evergreen was aptly dressed in a smart and chic three-piece suit by Stella McCartney.

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’.”