The Queen Consort honours "inspiring women" at Buckingham Palace

london, england march 08 camilla, the queen consort, 2r with atlantic rowers kathryn cordinge, abby waddilove and charlotte irving during a reception at buckingham palace for international women's day, on march 8, 2023 in london, england her majesty the queen consort, president of women of the world festival wow hosted inspiring women from across society, including entrepreneurs, entertainers, athletes, authors, journalists and public servants at buckingham palace to celebrate international women's day photo by arthur edwards wpa poolgetty images
Queen Consort's International Women's Day tributeARTHUR EDWARDS

The Queen Consort held a special event at Buckingham Palace to mark International Women's Day and invited "inspiring women from across society" to join her on Wednesday (8 March).

Guests included entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, authors and more, and Camilla joined them for a special reception in their honour.

Photographs of the event were shared to the Royal Family's official social media account and show The Queen Consort chatting with different members of the group at the Palace, wearing a navy pinstriped look.

Earlier in the day, The Queen Consort shared a special tribute she had penned to mark International Women's Day.

Camilla shared the message across official Royal Family social media channels to spotlight some of the "remarkable women" she has met over the past year.

"International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate female achievement, to encourage and inspire one another, and to thank the women in our lives for their contribution to society," she wrote.

The royal shared a selection of photographs of some of the women she had met with, including those in local communities, at events and even on the set of Eastenders.

On her Instagram stories, Camilla shared a personal note on each of the women featured. Those highlighted included actress Rose Ayling-Ellis (who she described as a "star" for her work for the deaf community), British-Turkish novelist Elif Shafak (whose novel has featured in the Queen's Reading Room book group), the First Lady of Ukraine (who was invited to Buckingham Palace last year) and community volunteer, Peta Travis (who has helped more than 130 children with their reading over the past 44 years).

"I would like to take this opportunity to highlight just some of the remarkable women whom I have had the privilege of meeting over the past year," Camilla said in her main letter. "To me, they represent, not only themselves and their own efforts, but also the millions of brilliant women who make a difference each day."

The Queen Consort ended her official message with a poignant, borrowed quote, "Behind every great woman…is another great woman."

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