Rhodes 'didn't know' Kate pregnant
Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes admitted that she did not know the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant.
She was speaking after she was made a Dame at a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.
"That is wonderful news," she said after she was asked what she thought of Kate's maternity wear.
"I've been in LA and so busy with my collection that I haven't paid it any attention, but I will now," she said. The Duchess is expecting her baby in April.
The 74-year-old said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the UK's equivalent to Hollywood film stars. P eople flocked to the shops to buy what they had seen Kate or Prince George wearing, because they looked up to the royals.
She said: "It is nice because they are our film stars and have the same kind of following."
Famed for her own bubblegum pink locks, when asked if she would like to dye the Queen's hair, Rhodes said: "The Queen looks right as she is. It is great that she has got their own presence. She looks like herself. The Royals represent old values and things that we still believe in."
Zandra, who received a CBE in 1997, said she was "honoured" to be recognised by her country, and described her new medal as "beautiful".
"I haven't even thought about where I am going to put it, but I think my sister will probably want to borrow the CBE though," she added.
Commenting on receiving the award from the Princess Royal, Rhodes continued: "She was wonderful. She said it is great what you are doing for British fashion, and I said it was mainly British fashion going back the last 50 years.
"I was thrilled to know it was the Princess Royal. She is very loyal, and very observant about fashion so knows what is going on."
Wearing a blue and black dress with gold print and a small Piers Atkinson hat with a jewelled egg on it, the designer said she decided against wearing pink because she thought it might have been "too loud", and only decided on her outfit last week. In the past Zandra has dressed the likes of Diana, Princess of Wales, Jackie Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor.
In 1986 she created a pink embellished dress for Diana to wear to a state banquet in Kyoto, Japan, and a year later designed a white chiffon cocktail dress for her to wear at the Birthright benefit in the London Palladium.