108 Queenslanders have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Among them is a fashion designer who made the wedding dress for Elton's bride, Renate Blauel, in 1984.
Keri Craig-Lee also did the bridesmaids' dresses and Elton's bow tie. The Brisbane Times reports that she even organised the flowers, which had to be flown in from overseas because the wedding was on Valentine's Day.
Craig-Lee, who has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to the clothing manufacturing sector, business, and the community, said:
“It was a wonderful surprise and an incredible honour. It makes me proud and excited.”
The 59-year-old added:
“I admire the Queen immensely and I have had lunch with Prince Philip at Brisbane City Hall, danced with Prince Charles and presented Princess Diana with a Keri Craig.”
The businesswoman’s love of fashion design began as a child; her parents owned the clothing manufacturing business House of Craig, which she now directs.
“I grew up at the factory. I used to do my homework there and used to go buying at some of the stores. I was a fashion baby,” she said.