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Proof that your 40s are the new 20s, Pink Lady Elizabeth Hurley on super glam form

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Oozing the kind of confidence that many younger women can only dream of, the former model turned heads at a fundraising auction of elephant sculptures
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Other guests included Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie posing with a Chelsea pensioner by an elephant designed to look like a Royal Hospital resident 

01 JULY 2010

Who knew when she burst onto the scene in that Versace safety pin dress that Elizabeth Hurley would still have the power to dominate the spotlight over 15 years later? 

Simply spectacular in a fuchsia gown, featuring a vivid orange panel at the back, the 45-year-old former model attracted admiring glances at a charity soiree in London.

And, attending the Elephant Parade auction, she had considerable competition. Not least from the brightly coloured models of elephants on display.

In terms of guests, there were a pair of pretty young royals. Princess Beatrice, still marathon-fit and trim, was chic in a summery buttercup yellow number by Issa.

Her sister Eugenie, meanwhile, looked cute in a sassy white frock, accented by gold jewellery.

Glamorous invitees – also including socialite Tamara Beckwith, model Lisa B, singer Andrea Corr and Princess Michael of Kent – were welcomed by Goldie Hawn and given colourful Indian flower garlands.

The Hollywood actress is an official patron of the Elephant Family charity which campaigns to protect the endangered Asian elephant.

"Anyone who loves elephants, and I do, will love Elephant Parade," she said.

"It is not only the most beautiful, colourful, fun campaign. It also holds the key to saving the majestic species from extinction."