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.


Makkah all set for its first flower festival

Sea of flowers at Muzdalifah district in Makkah. (AN Photo by Abdulmohsen Doman)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Makkah all set for its first flower festival

  • A symposium on environmental planning, and the design of green spaces such as parks, gardens and squares will also be held
  • The flower festival continues until March 23

MAKKAH: A carpet of flowers featuring 1 million blooms will be one of the main attractions as Makkah hosts its first flower festival.

The event, which begins on Tuesday at Muzdalifah, has been organized by the city’s municipality in cooperation with the Arab Urban Development Institute and King Saud University. It will be officially opened by Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal.

Raed Samarqandi, the director of the municipality’s department of media and publications, said that the festival is unique and has serious objectives.

“It aims to improve the environment, fight pollution and show an image that suits the value of the city and its holy sites,” he explained. “The festival will coincide with the 20th symposium on afforestation, titled “Suitable afforestation for the environmental conditions of Makkah — the central region and holy sites,” on March 19 and 20.

The symposium will feature representatives of governmental sectors and scientific bodies and include discussion of papers addressing many the issues in the city, such as the state of afforestation in Makkah, the latest techniques in environmental planning, and the design of green spaces such as parks, gardens and squares.

Makkah Mayor Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Quwaihes has invited speakers from the private sector, universities, research centers, and agricultural and afforestation companies to contribute and help raise awareness of these local issues.

The flower festival continues until March 23.