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The Duchess of Cornwall hosts powerhouse event for International Women’s Day

Just one of the many members of the Royal Family to mark International Women’s Day, the Duchess of Cornwall welcomed an impressive collection of powerful women into Clarence to mark the day.

Celebrating the Women of the World Festival, ladies like authors Kate Mosse and Kathy Lette, entrepreneur Liz Earle, broadcaster Mary Portas and singer Annie Lennox into her home.

The Women of the World Festival (WOW), is a global festival that honours women of all ages and examines what obstacles exist when it comes to them achieving their goals.

Camilla gave a short speech but full of her witty humour welcoming the “ladies, and a smattering of very brave gentlemen” to Clarence House.

The Duchess praised the “astonishing creation” of the Women of the World Festival, adding: “This year, WOW will take place in 53 countries across the world.”


She continued saying: “It truly is a global festival dedicated to presenting work by women and promoting equality for women and girls.”

Mary Portas spoke of the need of high profile women to champion these causes to gain public support.

“It’s imperative that we have the support of women in the public eye like the Duchess of Cornwall,” she said.

“It is sad, but today there is still great inequality. If we don’t shout, changes won’t happen…The Duchess is powerful and she does all with this humanity and soul.”

The Duchess of Cornwall is president of the London Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World festival. This year, the event will run from 7 March to 11 March.

Other members of the Royal Family to mark International Women’s Day include the Countess of Wessex who is in Malta as a Global Ambassador for 100 Women in Finance Next Generation Initiative.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also spent the morning in Birmingham where they attended an event at Millennium Point which hopes to inspire the next generation of young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

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