Famous British fashion designer and official dressmaker to the Queen, Sir Hardy Amies, died on Wednesday aged 93.

His company, Hardy Amies Ltd, said he died in his sleep at his home in the Cotswolds. He was appointed the Queen's dressmaker in 1955 and was credited with designing dozens of royal outfits a year.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "The Queen was very sad to hear of Sir Hardy's death. He contributed to her wardrobe over many years and she is, of course, saddened that he has died."