HELLO! magazine's 25th anniversary party was the hottest ticket in town on Wednesday night, when a host of famous faces including the Duchess of York, Rod Stewart, Kimberley Walsh, Denise Van Outen, Joan Collins, Bruce Forsyth, John Cleese and Donna Air gathered for an exclusive party at the Wallace Collection in London. The evening included a set by Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald, who is currently at number one in the British album charts and a surprise performance by Rod Stewart.
Amanda Lamb, who is expecting her second child with husband Sean McGuinness, was among the guests. HELLO! magazine has covered the couple's wedding, engagement and birth of their first child. "Happy, happy 25th birthday," she told HELLO!. "You literally have been with me for all the most memorable points in my life. It's very lovely to be here." HELLO! magazine's editor-in-chief Eduardo Sanchez Perez flew over from the company's headquarters in Madrid with members of his family, especially for the big night. He explained that the philosophy of the magazine has not changed since his grandfather launched HELLO!'s sister publication Hola! in 1944 from his living room table in Barcelona. HELLO!'s relationship with celebrities is one based on trust and respect, Eduardo told guests.
"Life is beautiful," he continued. "My grandparents' relationship was a love story and we have continued to cover many more love stories ever since."See full coverage of HELLO!'s glamorous anniversary party in the issue out next week.