ROYAL APPROVAL: Alice Temperley was surprised to find out she was to receive a letter from Queen Elizabeth II to notify her of her MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire. In fact, her knee-jerk reaction was that someone was playing a prank on her.


“I thought it was a joke actually,” she recalled at Parsons The New School for Design during a talk with the school’s dean of fashion Simon Collins Tuesday. “It was on such crappy paper and such a crappy envelope.”


The actual ceremony at Buckingham Palace in March, however, more than made up for the Queen’s stationery.


“I bought myself a little crown because I love the Queen,” the designer admitted.


Temperley is Stateside for a variety of events, including a trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman and next Monday’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund dinner. This weekend, she is flying to Los Angeles to join Emma Roberts in co-hosting the launch of her book “True British.”

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