Queen Elizabeth Hosted Quite the Party at Buckingham Palace This Week

Queen Elizabeth may be the longest-reigning monarch in the world, but she’s also the queen of hosting parties 

QEII’s most recent fête took place at her humble abode, Buckingham Palace, and was held in honor of the work of the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust. As Prince Philip officially retired from public duty in 2017, Sophie, Countess of Wessex joined the 93-year-old monarch at the lavish reception.

About 200 health professionals and supporters from across the Commonwealth gathered at the palace to celebrate the success of the Diamond Jubilee Trust, of which the 54-year-old Countess of Wessex is Vice-Patron.

The countess has worked tirelessly to help improve eye health worldwide since 2000. At the Jubilee celebration, she spoke about her charitable work with the foundation in a formal speech, and said to the Queen Elizabeth, “I feel in a way that I have been your eyes, having traveled to Malawi, Bangladesh and India to see the work of the Trust first-hand, witnessing the ambitious initiatives being carried out in Your Majesty’s name, and ensuring that the intended legacy would be real and long-lasting. I am very happy to say that Your Majesty’s honor has been more than upheld.”

Sophie also captured the attention of royal fans when she referred to the queen as “Mama” in her speech, saying, “Mama, when I have returned from my travels I have been so proud to share with you the work I have witnessed being carried out under the umbrella of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and the care of so many people working so hard to save and cure sight.”

Although the queen didn’t give a speech of her own at the soiree, she did greet guests and giggle during Sophie’s speech. She also stole the show in a royal blue Karl-Ludwig Rehse dress and a sapphire chrysanthemum brooch.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust was founded in 2012 and has since helped to save the sight of 22 million people, as well as move forward a number of other charitable initiatives. The trust, which was set up to celebrate the queen’s 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth (hence the diamond jubilee reference), will shutter in 2020, but its legacy will surely live on.


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