Birthday girl Holly Valance takes the plunge in low cut number

There was no Duke and Duchess this year.

But the parade of beautiful ladies in stunning gowns who stepped out for the ARK gala on Thursday more than made up for the lack of royalty.

Australian beauty Holly Valance, who turns 29 this week, put her best fashion foot forward in a stunning claret gown cut almost to the navel.




The former Neighbours star was flanked by her billionaire fiancé Nick Candy, who proposed in the Maldives last December.

Also taking the plunge was Jemima Khan in an aqua blue keyhole cut-out dress.

Elizabeth Hurley's ex-husband Arun Nayar also turned up to the glitzy do — the tickets for which cost £10,000 — with new girlfriend Kimberly Johnson, who looked gorgeous in a long black gown with revealing lace side panels.

Prince William and Kate provided the glamour last year, with the new royal wowing in a beautiful, embellished Jenny Packham gown.