The Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex are set to team up on behalf of The Queen and host a fashion extravaganza at Buckingham Palace in February. The royal duo regularly titled the most stylish members of The Royal Family, will host a Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Reception as part of the lead up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April.
It was announced by Buckingham Palace this week that the event will be held on behalf of The Queen and will take place during London Fashion Week to celebrate a new scheme to encourage cross-country partnerships.
Many established designers will be present at the reception including Stella McCartney, Bibi Russell and Karen Walker. They will team up with artisan producers in smaller or developing countries who “exemplify traditional handcraft techniques and trades.”
London Fashion Week takes place from 15th-20th February 2018. It is a bi-annual event that takes place every February and September and showcases over 250 designers to a global audience of influential media and retailers. The inaugural London Fashion Week took place in 1984.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace commented, “The initiative uses fashion as a common language and platform to help understand the modern Commonwealth in a different way. The reception at Buckingham Palace will showcase the best of Commonwealth contemporary fashion and creativity with an exhibition of some of the bespoke fashion ‘looks’ which are the result of these exchanges.”
It is believed that the fashion reception, which takes place on February 19th, is just a part of a wider range of activities that The Royal Family will be involved in on the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. While The Queen will host dinners, meetings and formally open the CHOGM, it is believed that other members of the family have been asked to do their bit for Commonwealth relations.
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It is believed that the combination of The Duchess of Cambridge and The Countess of Wessex will be a perfect hit – combining the global profile of The Duchess of Cambridge with The Countess of Wessex’s endless list of style plaudits in recent years for her look during her understated work for The Royal Family.
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