The Duchess of York attended legendary actress Joan Collins’ star-studded 88th birthday and 20th wedding anniversary celebrations at Claridges in London on Thursday night.
Sarah Ferguson arrived at a Mayfair address alone ahead of the event two days after her ex-husband Prince Andrew reached an out-of-court settlement with Virginia Roberts in a civil lawsuit over alleged sexual assault.
Ferguson, 62, looked stunning in a black dress with sheer sleeves and a glittery sash at the waist as she stepped inside, where she was joined by actress Elizabeth Hurley, music mogul Simon Cowell and his fiancee Lauren Silverman.
She smiled despite the scandal involving the Duke of York, which left his image in tatters and faced a legal bill of up to £12 million after settling with Roberts, who claims she was sold by his friend and convicted sex offender. Jeffrey Epstein.
It is also known that Andrew agreed to make a “substantial donation” to his accuser’s charity, but this agreement is not an admission of the Duke’s guilt, and he has always strongly denied the allegations against him.
Ferguson’s appearance comes just hours after Yorkers on Thursday called for Prince Andrew to be stripped of his Duke of York title, given to him by the Queen on his wedding day in 1986, following a sexual assault trial.
Last month, the Queen stripped Andrew of his remaining patronage and honorary military posts as the monarchy distanced itself from the Duke ahead of potentially devastating developments in his trial.
The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson attended a star-studded celebration of Dame Joan Collins’ 88th birthday and 20th wedding anniversary Thursday night.
Sarah Ferguson arrived at Claridge’s Mayfair alone ahead of Joan’s legendary birthday event, which falls on the same day as her wedding anniversary.
Ferguson smiled despite the scandal involving the Duke of York, which left his image in tatters and faced a legal bill of up to £12m after settling with Roberts, who claims she was sold by his friend and convicted of a sex offence. Jeffrey Epstein
Ms Roberts has filed a damages suit against Andrew (pictured together) in her home country of the US, alleging that Epstein sold her to have sex with the royal family when she was 17, a minor under US law.
Ms Roberts has filed a damages suit against Andrew in her home country of the US, alleging that Epstein sold her to have sex with the royal family when she was 17, a minor under US law.
The settlement states that Andrew will make a donation to Ms. Roberts’ charity in support of victims’ rights and that he promised to “show his regret over his association with Epstein” by supporting “the fight against the evil of sex trafficking”. his victims.”
No details regarding the settlement and costs have been released, but it is reported that the Duke has agreed to pay around £10 million to Ms Roberts and another £2 million to her charity, with it being suggested that the Queen can help with the expenses from her personal funds.
Andrew is reportedly in the process of selling his £18million Swiss ski chalet, which is expected to generate multi-million dollar returns.
On Thursday, the people of York called on the Queen to strip Andrew of the dukedom and allow the city to be represented by another member of the royal family.
City officials have previously called for his title to be stripped for causing “profound pain and embarrassment” to residents over his relationship with a pedophile financier.
At Thursday’s star-studded event, Ferguson was joined by actress Liz Hurley, 56, who looked stunning in a red dress with a plunging neckline that exposed her cleavage.
She was joined by her 19-year-old son Damien, who, ensuring he claims his fair share of attention, looked dapper in a black tuxedo and matching trousers.
The young model completed his look with a white vest, shirt and bow tie, helping Joan celebrate her special day.
Ferguson, 62, joined legendary actress Joan Collins for her 88th birthday celebration, which also included Elizabeth Hurley, music mogul Simon Cowell and fiancee Lauren Silverman.
Side by side: Elizabeth Hurley and son Damian (left) were joined by Simon Cowell and fiancee Lauren Silverman (right) on Thursday night as they helped Dame Joan Collins celebrate her 88th birthday with a host of celebrity friends in London.
Look who it is: While a few of her closest friends showed up for the event, one old TV foe was also in attendance — her former Dynasty co-star Stephanie Beacham.
Meanwhile, music mogul Simon appeared to be recovering well from a recent electric bike accident when he donned a dapper display when he arrived with his future wife Lauren.
Earlier in the day, the iconic British actress celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary with husband Percy Gibson and hinted that the secret to marital happiness was having ‘private bathrooms’.
The acting legend married handsome producer and fifth husband Percy, 56, on February 17, 2002.
On Thursday, Joan, who is 32 years older than Percy, told fans how happy they are after two decades of being together.
Posting a memoir of their big day, Joan wrote: “20 years ago today #husband and I tied the knot and have been happily married ever since #20years #together #happymarriage.” She then added with a laughing emoji, “#separatebathrooms.”
Joan and Percy received compliments from friends including Paul O’Grady and hat designer Philip Tracy.
They met during a stage play and at the time Joan admitted that she initially “didn’t want to get married again” but changed her mind after they became close friends and insisted that her current marriage was “forever”.
Love: Dame Joan also celebrated her twentieth wedding anniversary with husband Percy Gibson on the same day, and she hinted that the secret to marital happiness lies in having “private bathrooms.”
Falling in love: This comes after Joan revealed that she moved to France with her husband Percy during the pandemic because she felt very upset.
It comes after the screen legend revealed she felt “in jail” during the UK lockdown.
She spent the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic in London, but as soon as international travel was allowed, she moved to France with her husband Percy Gibson because she felt very frustrated.
She said: “Most of the time I was in London. But after a three-month period from March 2020, I left for the south of France, since I have a house there.
“It was difficult for me in London because I felt like I was in prison, not knowing when I would get out.”
Joan spent a “ridiculous” amount of time watching TV and admitted that she gained weight because she had nothing to do but eat and drink.
She said, “Of course I was [in tracksuits] weren’t we all? I scored about half the stone. I ate as much as I could, because other than drinking bottles of wine and lapping up chocolates, what else was there to do?
“I also watched endless TV – it was funny. I once watched nine o’clock.
“I watched the morning programs and read all the newspapers, so I didn’t have time before lunch.”