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Duchess of Cornwall looks chic as she joins Vogue editor at London fashion week

Duchess of Cornwall looks chic as she joins Vogue editor at London fashion week

Duchess of Cornwall takes her seat on the front row alongside Vogue editor Edward Enninful at her first ever Fashion Week – a year after the Queen’s debutCamilla , 71, was on the front row of a London Fashion Week show todayWith Vogue editor Edward Enninful and Caroline Rush, British Fashion CouncilPresented the  Queen Elizabeth II award for British Design to Bethany WilliamsAppearance comes a year after the Queen made her Fashion Week debut  

Sarah Finley For Mailonline

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21:09 GMT, 19 February 2019

The front row is usually reserved for A-list actors, models of the moment and fashion industry heavyweights, but today a royal took a much-coveted spot as the Duchess of Cornwall made her London Fashion Week debut. 

Camilla surprised guests at the Bethany Williams show, landing a plum spot alongside British Vogue editor Edward Enninful and British Fashion Council chief Caroline Rush. 

The royal, 71, looked elegant for her first ever Fashion Week in a navy and white striped dress by Bruce Oldfield, paired with her customary statement pearl necklace, a black clutch and black court heels.

Her attendance comes after the Queen made her own Fashion Week debut in February 2018, sitting next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour at Richard Quinn’s show.

Camilla was in attendance to present Bethany Williams with the second Queen Elizabeth II award for British Design, launched by Her Majesty during last year’s visit.

The Duchess of Cornwall (middle) surprised guests at a London Fashion week show today as she joined Vogue editor Edward Enninful (right of Camilla) on the front row

Camilla, 71, dressed up for the occasion in a navy dress, with white block colours on the skirt, teamed with black court shoes 

Camilla’s attendance comes after the Queen made a rare appearance at fashion week last February at Richard Quinn’s show in February 2018, where she sat alongside Vogue editor Anna Wintour 

As Camilla sat among a handful of British fashion editors she smiled and spoke to Edward as they took in the show.

Camilla’s smart look, with a tailored navy and white dress, along with styled hair and a classic make up look was spot on for the occasion.

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After the show the Duchess Of Cornwall delivered a speech as she presented the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II award for British Design to Bethany Williams for sustainability and social change within her business.

The award, which the queen presented last year, is awarded annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent and originality. 

The Duchess of Cornwall clapped and enjoyed the show, as she sat next to Edward Enninful, editor of Vogue UK, on the front row during the Bethany Williams fashion show

Camilla attended the Bethany Williams show today at London Fashion week, and landed a coveted spot in the front row 

The Duchess was also at the ceremony with Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council, as she paired her navy dress with her her statement pearl necklace, a black clutch and black court heels

The Duchess Of Cornwall delivered a speech as she presented the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II award for British Design

The Duchess of Cornwall was in the front row at the Bethany Williams show at London Fashion Week, alongside British Vogue’s Edward Enninful 

As Camilla sat among a handful of British fashion editors she smiled and spoke to Edward Enninful  (right of Camilla) as she watched the Bethany Williams show

Last year the Queen surprised guests at Richard Quinn´s show to present the award, after she sat in the front row – to the delight of onlookers. 

Richard Quinn, who’s show she attended, won the award as he was recognised for his exceptional bold prints. 

The award aims to provide continuing recognition of the cultural and trade role the British design and fashion industry has played throughout the Queen’s reign. 

The Duchess could be seen smiling as she watched the catwalk during an unexpected appearance at London Fashion Week  

Camilla delivered a speech as she presented the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II award for British Design at the Bethany Williams show during London Fashion Week

The Duchess of Cornwall with Caroline Rush of the British Fashion Council (left) and designer Bethany Williams (right)

Duchess Of Cornwall (centre) awards the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II award for British Design to designer Bethany Williams (right), alongside Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council (left)

Bethany Williams was awarded the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II award for British Design at her show today

The Duchess of Cornwall talked with fashion designer Paula Knorr toady as she attended London Fashion Week

Camilla spoke to designer Paul Stafford (left) about his designs while  Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush looks on during London Fashion Week

The Duchess of Cornwall spoke with various designers as she attended London Fashion Week on Tuesday

The Duchess of Cornwall (centre) with models, executives and officials after presenting designer Bethany Williams (centre left) with the Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design during a visit to London Fashion Week

Who is Bethany Williams

British designer Bethany Williams, 29, graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2016 with a MA in Menswear. 

The designer aims to tackle social and environmental issues in her work. For years she volunteered at shelters and soup kitchens, and it was while she worked at a food bank in Brighton that she realised she wanted to use fashion for change.  

Today she presented her SS19 collection ‘No Address Needed to Join’ at London Fashion Week. Her collection celebrates waste materials from the publishing industry and the innovative Mobile Library Charity. 

 

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