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Small-Town Indian Designer Makes Big With Royal Commission

West Bengal’s Hooghly district has produced a fashion designer who is making waves on the international stage. Priyanka Mallick’s talent and creativity have caught the eye of the royal family of the United Kingdom, with a letter of appreciation recently sent to her. The reason? Mallick has designed a breathtaking beautiful butterfly brooch to be worn by none other than His Majesty The King Charles III at his upcoming coronation.

But that’s not all. Mallick’s stunning designs have also been chosen for the Queen Consort, Camilla, who will don a rose-centered red dress for the event, which is set to be attended by the cream of world leadership and royalty. The Coronation, a grand occasion that combines a religious service with opulent pageantry, promises to be a dazzling spectacle, and Mallick will most likely be in attendance after receiving an exclusive invitation. As per reports, Mallick has designed the outfits with local input and stylists from London.

“I would like to thank you, on behalf of The Queen Consort, for so kindly sending your lovely dress design. Her Majesty was touched that you would think of her in this way and would have me thank you for taking the time to send us your sketches. You are a very talented artist. This comes with The Queen Consort’s warmest thanks,” the letter from the royal family read.

“I designed the new Queen’s dress and King’s brooch. It has been a long conversation with the Royal Family for the last six months. I got an appreciation letter from the Queen for my designs. After that, I designed the brooch for the King too. She (Queen Camilla) will wear the dress on May 7 at an evening party,” Mallick shared.

The designer is all of 29 and hails from a small village situated about 50 km from Kolkata. She holds degrees from Italy’s Milan, Harvard and the Stanford University of the US. She is also a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society of the UK.

On May 6, King Charles will finally be crowned as the sovereign of England at the age of 74. He succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth, who passed away recently after serving as queen for 70 years. The king will be crowned at Westminster Abbey alongside Queen Camilla during a spiritual service. Following a procession from Buckingham Palace, the coronation ceremony will begin at 1000 GMT (3.30 pm IST).