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Sarah Ferguson partied with showbiz royalty at Dame Joan Collins’ magnificent double celebration days after Prince Andrew’s settlement was revealed.
- The Duchess of York attended Dame Joan Collins’ joint 88th birthday and 20th wedding anniversary celebration at Claridges hotel.
- Sarah Ferguson joined Elizabeth Hurley and Simon Cowell at the event which took place just days after Prince Andrew’s civil case was settled.
- This royal news comes as the Queen's special bond with great-grandchild Lucas was revealed in a previously unseen photo.
The Duchess of York moves in regal circles and she joined showbiz royalty on February 17th as she attended Dame Joan Collins’ double celebration at London’s stunning Claridge’s hotel. The star-studded bash had an impressive guest-list that included everyone from Sarah to X-Factor judge Simon Cowell and his fiancée Lauren Silverman and Elizabeth Hurley and her model son Damian. It was held in honor of Dame Joan’s 88th birthday and her and her fifth husband Percy Gibson’s 20th wedding anniversary.
In tribute to these milestone occasions, it seems that all the stops were pulled out for the party. And whilst it’s Kate Middleton’s dresses that often steal the royal limelight, Sarah’s outfit for the evening looked stunning. The Duchess opted for a floor-length black gown which featured sheer sleeves and accessorized with an elegant black clutch bag and a silver sparkling belt.
Her iconic red hair—something she shares with her nephew Prince Harry, who is sixth in the royal line of succession—was held back in a classic half-up-half-down hairstyle. Appearing at the event, Sarah Ferguson partied after what has likely been one of the most difficult and emotional times for her and her daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.
Just days earlier, it was reported that Sarah’s former husband and the third of the Queen’s children, Prince Andrew, reached a settlement with Virginia Giuffre, out-of-court and in principle. This would mean Prince Andrew’s case is settled and it’s been claimed the Royal Family are “relieved” about Prince Andrew’s settlement and that he’s longer expected to face a public trial.
Throughout the case Prince Andrew consistently and vehemently denied the accusations against him. He was defending his case as a private citizen after the Queen confirmed Prince Andrew had been stripped of his HRH title, military honors and patronages.
Despite him losing his HRH title, however, Prince Andrew remains Duke of York, Sarah kept her Duchess title and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice also retained their titles. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson separated 30 years ago this year during what Her Majesty described as his “annus horribilis” or horrible year and she has remained Duchess of York ever since their divorce.
Sarah Ferguson has yet to speak out regarding Prince Andrew's settlement, though reports have previously suggested she was left "devastated" by the civil case filed against him.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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