I would normally wait and include the goings on of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the Royal Round Up post on Sunday, but Camilla’s rubies and diamonds just can’t wait. Camilla brought out the big jewels for the film premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Prince Charles tonight. Camilla wore a four-strand diamond and ruby necklace, with matching earrings and bracelet. She paired her jewels with a long-sleeved, deep burgundy velvet gown by Anna Valentine, a lilac organza wrap, and lilac and gold clutch.
The film premiere was at the Odeon Leicester Square, which was transformed into an India theme complete with an orange carpet and pink, yellow, and orange curtains.
Camilla isn’t a one-trick pony, though. In addition to showing off the diamonds and rubies, Camilla became president of The Women Of The World Festival, having supported it for the five years since it’s launch. She attended a reception in support of the Festival on Monday, February 16, where she gave a speech.
Transcript of her full speech is here; she said in part:
“I was very touched and flattered to be asked to be the President of this ground-breaking Festival by Jude Kelly, its indomitable founder, and I need hardly say how delighted I am to be able to celebrate the Southbank Centre’s 5th Women of the World Festival with you all here this evening… It takes a frank look at the obstacles that prevent women and girls from reaching their potential and provides a platform for discussions of issues that really matter. Many of you here today have told me about the great diversity of the work you are involved in – supporting victims of domestic violence, campaigning against the horrific practice of FGM [Female Genital Mutilation], encouraging young women in business, promoting women in sport – to name but a few and my hope is that you will continue this all-important work and make WoW an even bigger and better occasion every year!”
Camilla also talks about her prior involvement with WoW. This is a good speech; I wish I could find video of it.
Jude Kelly, founder and director of WOW, said of Camilla:
“In the five years since WOW – Women of the World Festival was launched, the Duchess of Cornwall has supported us in our desire to create a global platform to express ambition for gender equality. Her decision to become the royal president of WOW is a thrilling endorsement of the WOW’s achievements and aspirations, and as a champion of women’s issues this commitment from the Duchess of Cornwall will accelerate the strength and reach of WOW across the world.”
Before the film premiere, Camilla visited a community center run by Emmaus UK, a homelessness charity. Camilla has been patron since 2006. As she unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the center, Camilla said: “This just shows what can be done when charities work together to produce something as good as this. I’ve visited a lot of Emmaus communities and I’m very, very proud to be part of it because I think it’s an incredible homeless charity which gives people hope and positivity and gives them back their dignity to get into the system again and go back to work. Emmaus communities are springing up all over the country and each one I visit has this wonderful, positive feel. I hope we can get more people looked after and housed in the future.”
Camilla also visited the Fan Museum before the film premiere, where she viewed the “Waterloo Life and Times” exhibition. She ended up going home with three bags. For these two visits, Camilla wore a nice grey, pin-striped skirt suit, her trusty black flat boots, leaf-pattern scarf, and a cute turtle brooch. Add this to my list of favorite Camilla brooches.
More film premiere photos, including Dame Judi Dench (in a very colorful number that I actually love) and Dame Maggie Smith (in black pants and an off-white jacket) – because they are awesome – and Lillete Dubey (in a gorgeous white sari with gold embellishments).
Links: Emmaus UK; Telegraph; Daily Mail.