Duchess of Cornwall wears 129 mail order dress to Clarence House reception


Camilla, the copy-Kate: Duchess of Cornwall wears 129 mail order dress to Clarence House reception

Camilla took a leaf out of the Duchess of Cambridge's fashion book last night when she donned a cut price dress – from a mail-order catalogue.

High street outfits are usually the preserve of Kate but her mother-in-law was sporting her own bargain label when she hosted a reception celebrating the achievements of outstanding women.

The Duchess of Cornwall was spotted sporting a navy wool
shirt dress from Artigiano which sells women's fashion through its
catalogue and website.

Camilla, wearing a 129 dress by Artigiano, hosted a reception celebrating the achievements of outstanding women last night

Camilla, wearing a 129 dress by Artigiano, hosted a reception celebrating the achievements of outstanding women last night

It is thought to be a rare occasion when a member
of the Royal Family has worn an outfit bought from a clothing
catalogue.

Fashion designer Amanda Wakeley was among the guests and praised Camilla's wardrobe choice.

She said: '(Today is) all about supporting women but I just think she looks incredibly elegant.'

When complimented on her outfit the
royal replied that the company was 'really really good' and hinted she
may have picked up a bargain, adding: 'They've got a sale on at the
moment.'

The Duchess with (from left to right) Ruby Wax, Kathy Lette and Baroness Helena Kennedy

The Duchess with (from left to right) Ruby Wax, Kathy Lette and Baroness Helena Kennedy

The guest list at the Clarence House
event included a number of leading women from the media, led by the BBC
Radio 4 Woman's Hour presenter Jenni Murray, and featured comic Ruby
Wax, author Kathy Lette and human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger.

The event was held in support of the Women of the World (WOW) festival at London's Southbank next week where a host of famous female artists from Annie Lennox to Sinead O'Connor will perform. Other events will feature comediennes, poets, businesswomen and entrepreneurs.

The guest list at the Clarence House event included a number of leading women from the media, led by the BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour presenter Jenni Murray

The guest list at the Clarence House
event included a number of leading women from the media, led by the BBC
Radio 4 Woman's Hour presenter Jenni Murray

Jagger stressed the importance of the WOW festival and today's event hosted by the Duchess.

She said: 'In the 21st century women have not been able to achieve gender equality, therefore every opportunity we have to highlight the role of women and stand up for women's rights, I take that opportunity.'

Speaking about Camilla, she added: 'I think she is a woman who really understands the role of women. She's always been very supportive about women's causes.'


Artigiano

The Duchess effect dress is from Artigiano, which sells women's fashion through its
catalogue and website…but will it be out of stock soon