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Astrological affinity is simple in principle: Each sign is most successful, on the whole, with signs who match elements: earth, air, fire and water.

Conversely, one might not get along with those who share their “quality”: fixed, mutable, or cardinal.

Rigby & Peller is all old-fashioned glamour - bay trees in pots, a box hedge, ornate windows and swagged curtains.

Inside it's chandeliers, thick red carpets patterned with gold R&Ps and a raft of middle- class ladies waiting patiently on a squishy red banquette, talking about their daughters' weddings, their tour round Highgrove and trying not to earwig the chat from the fitting rooms - 'Ooh yes, lovely', and 'maybe a bit of padding, madam?

Business boomed, and in 1954 Peller's cousin Mrs Seiden, took over the company and six years later was granted the Royal Warrant.

Some of the early pieces are kept in suitcases in the company's Mayfair office, wrapped like priceless treasures in silk and tissue paper. One, a floppy tangle of cotton and stitching from the Twenties (thought to have been brought over from Hungary by Peller), looks less like a bra and more a paper doilie from a cake stand. But one lady might be all around the front, or very full, or maybe only a 30 in the back, so we have to look at what's going on in front of our eyes.' Crikey, isn't eyeing up the Queen's cleavage a nerve-racking business? And now it's a real pleasure - because you get to know someone over the years, so we're hardly strangers.' It isn't just the Queen who gets the benefit of her experienced eye.

Astrology alone is no guarantee (sorry, the stars don’t have a return policy) but when navigating the dark corridors and avoiding the dead ends of love, sometimes a scorecard is helpful.

Of course, many Heavenly mismatches thrive on the conflict, and in any event, your own heart is the ultimate guide.

She's spent almost 60 years working in the brassiere business and, as the matriarch of Rigby & Peller - the company will celebrate its 70th anniversary in October - has fitted everyone from Dawn French to Margaret Thatcher and Joan Collins to the Queen (the company has held the Royal Warrant of Appointment as Corsetieres to HM Queen Elizabeth since 1960).' 'It's a very rigorous training,' explains Beatriz, as I strip to the waist and she looks very hard at my 34Bs.'You have to be able to tell the size of the back, the cups, the straps, just by looking.She is also on a one-woman campaign to encourage women to buy bras that actually fit.'You wouldn't buy a coat or pair of shoes that didn't fit, would you?

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