Duchess of Cornwall dazzles in diamonds at charity dinner

Gemma Strong

The Duchess of Cornwall was the epitome of elegance as she arrived at the National History Museum with her husband Prince Charles on Tuesday evening to support the work of the British Asian Trust. Camilla looked resplendent in a midnight blue Bruce Oldfield gown featuring lace sleeves and intricate beaded embellishment, which she paired with a beautiful diamond necklace and diamond drop earrings, for the charity event.

Among the 450 guests who joined the royal couple at the glittering reception were stars from the worlds of TV, film, music and sport, including Simon Cowell, Leona Lewis, Labyrinth, model Neelan Gill and the evening's host Sanjeev Bhaskar.

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Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were guests of honour at the British Asian Trust event

The invitees feasted on a sumptuous Indian banquet including a Thali of Methi chicken, mini Poppadums with Mango Chutney, Makhani Dhal and vegetarian courses of Shahi Paneer Korma and Palak Chole Aloo with Mango and Passionfruit Cheesecake, according to the Mail.

Charles, who is president of the British Asian Trust, which he founded in 2007, then gave a keynote speech in which he announced a new £3million fund dedicated to work in Pakistan.

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The royal couple shared a joke with music supremo Simon Cowell

During his address, the prince touchingly referred to his wife as 'my darling Mehabooba', which means beloved', as he praised his trust's 'remarkable' work in disadvantaged communities.

"The fund will support the exponential growth of my Trust's work in Pakistan on livelihoods and mental health, ensuring that we reach even more of Pakistan's most vulnerable people in the years ahead," he said.

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Leona Lewis was also among the 450 invitees

"I am particularly proud that my Trust does not shy away from them and contributes, in its own way, to resolving some of the most difficult issues of our time."

Charles founded the organisation to take action against the widespread poverty and hardship he saw in south Asia. Since then it has supported programmes in education, livelihoods, mental health and anti-trafficking, and has made a difference to the lives of more than three million people in the region.