Amal Clooney looks regal at Buckingham Palace party

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The power couple shared a joke with Prince Charles. (Getty Images)
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Amal Clooney wore a gown by Stephane Rolland. (Getty Images)
Updated 13 March 2019
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Amal Clooney looks regal at Buckingham Palace party

  • The British Queen held the celebrations to mark the 50th year since her son's, Prince Charles, investiture
  • The regalia Prince Charles wore when he was sworn was on display

Dubai: Amal Clooney attended a high-profile reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and she managed to look as regal as her surroundings.

The human rights lawyer, who is married to Hollywood’s George Clooney, wore a flowing white gown from specialty vintage clothing label, William Vintage. The Grecian dress was from Jean-Louis Scherrer by Stephane Rolland’s Spring/Summer 2007 collection and she paired the ethereal look with a box clutch.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth held the reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th anniversary of the investiture of her oldest son Charles as Prince of Wales, Reuters reported.

Senior royals including Charles’s own sons William and Harry and their wives Kate and Meghan attended the party which the palace said paid tribute to the prince’s 50 years of service to Wales.

Charles was created Prince of Wales, the title traditionally held by the heir to the British throne, in July 1958 when he was nine. He was formally invested with the title at a televised ceremony at Caernarfon Castle in July 1969.

The regalia that Charles wore for the occasion, along with the coronet, sword and other regalia used in the ceremony, were on display at the reception.

Joining the royals were figures from the prince’s Welsh charities while there were musical performances by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a speech by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Charles, 70, has waited longer than any of his predecessors to become monarch and would be the oldest-ever king at the start of his reign when he succeeds his 92-year-old mother, who herself holds the record for the longest reign in British history.

For their part, the Clooney couple did not seem phased by their palatial surroundings and mingled effortlessly with the who’s who of the UK’s aristocracy, as well as a bevy of celebrities.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Luke Evans, Tamsin Egerton, Josh Hartnett and Benedict Cumberbatch — some of whom are ambassadors for the Prince's Trust International — were also on hand to add a bit of star power to the already glittering evening.

The Clooneys have the ultimate trump card, however, due to their close friendship with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, whose baby shower Amal attended in New York in February.


Calling all cat lovers: Dubai art gallery spotlights strays

Artist Angel-O takes to the streets of Dubai to photograph stray cats. Angel-O/FN Designs
Updated 23 March 2019
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Calling all cat lovers: Dubai art gallery spotlights strays

DUBAI: FN Designs, a gallery in Dubai’s artsy Alserkal Avenue, is spotlighting street cats in a new exhibition by artist-photographer Angel-O until April 30.

The multidisciplinary art and design studio chose to highlight the Filipino photographer’s work in a bid to raise awareness about the situation of strays in the UAE.

The exhibition opened in March with a panel discussion titled “Catnip.” The artist was joined by Nour Fakher, a vet at Blue Oasis Clinic, and Sara Abdelal, a cat rescuer in Dubai.

The artist started his journey when his landlord enforced a strict no-pet policy. Angel-O took to the streets to photograph stray cats in order to remain close to the animals.

Artist Angel-O takes to the streets of Dubai to photograph stray cats. Angel-O/FN Designs

“Most of these photos are taken in different parts of Dubai, in the nooks and crannies of streets,” he said, referring to his collection of photographs, which were taken in 2014 but shown for the first time in this show.

 “I am so glad my artwork is able to help these cats. I’ve had people come up and enquire about the location of the photograph so they could go back and help the cat in the picture,” he said.

 “I’m really relieved that people find this collection… of mine moving.”

Cat rescuer Abdelal stressed the importance of the TNR method of treating strays — trapping, neutering and releasing them.

“While we are trying to help find a safe home or habitat for the existing cats on our streets, let’s prevent their number from increasing. These animals can’t speak to us, we need to find a way to understand and help them,” she said.  

The UAE government has made moves to reduce the number of street cats through newly mandated animal welfare regulations that were handed down by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment in December.

A failure to properly care for animals, including dumping pets, is now punishable by law in the country.