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Saturday 21 April 2018

Rosanna set to meet royal couple at lavish charity do

ROSANNA Davison has been brushing up on her royal etiquette ahead of a meeting with Prince William and his wife Kate tonight.

The 27-year-old Herald columnist has been invited to an exclusive party in honour of the famous couple.

The blonde beauty is attending the €11,195-a-head ARK charity dinner at London's Kensington Palace this evening, where William and Kate will be working the room.

And while it may be a once in a lifetime experience for the former Miss World, her other half Wesley Quirke won't be joining her.



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"I'm going to be a guest at the ARK Gala Dinner VIP reception, a small gathering before the main dinner where the royal couple are guests of honour," she said.

"I was reading up on my royal etiquette ahead of meeting them. It's very exciting, I am really looking forward to it. I can't wait to see Catherine in person. I just hope I don't do anything clumsy."

Despite being one of the most photographed women in the country, the catwalk queen still hadn't lined up a gown to wear to the ostentatious gala.

"Wes isn't going as I'm a guest of the sponsor and numbers are limited," she said. "Haven't decided on a dress though, would be nice to wear Irish."

The A-list event is particularly memorable as it will mark the royal couple's first official function as husband and wife, following their plush honeymoon in the Seychelles.

And Rosanna will be in good company as rockers Kings of Leon will be performing at the event, alongside DJ Mark Ronson.

Ark (Absolute Return for Kids) was co-founded by 48-year-old Swiss financier Arpad Busson, who has two children with supermodel Elle MacPherson and has an on/off relationship with Hollywood star Uma Thurman.

Although the lavish affair has come under criticism for being too over the top -- with some tables charging upwards of €55,000 -- Prince William is expected to use the event as a platform to discuss his own charity.

He is believed to be announcing a collaboration between the Prince's Foundation and Ark.

The Ark charity helps to raise money for projects helping some of the world's poorest children.

A spokeswoman for Ark said: "Over the past 10 years Ark's programmes in the UK, Southern Africa, eastern Europe and India have transformed the lived of more than 200,000 children."

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