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Photographed for the first time together at table in Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles sits opposite Camilla

 

This was no ordinary dinner party. For the host of the evening was the Prince of Wales and the venue was Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of his mother, the Queen.

The dinner party was held in the Picture Gallery, a 155ft-long room complete with a vaulted skylight ceiling. Crammed on the wine-coloured brocade walls is the cream of the Royal Collection – Canalettos, Pousins, Van Dycks, a Rembrandt or two, and one of only 34 Vermeers in existence, The Music Lesson (A Woman At The Virginal With A Gentleman).

Prince Charles’s 120 guests, who range from Prince and Princess Pierre d’Arenberg to Patty Hearst and her husband Bernard Shaw, sit at one long table which is covered in purple crushed velvet and decorated with silver candelabra and vases of pink peonies and lilacs.

To read more about the lavish parties at Buckingham Palace and Highgrove hosted by the Prince of Wales and to see the incredible photos, check out this week’s copy of HELLO! magazine, on sale now.