Sarah Ferguson cut an elegant figure as she handed out awards at a London ceremony last night.
Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, 62, who is commonly referred to as Fergie, attended the European Diversity Awards at the five-star Landmark hotel in London on Thursday night.
She handed out the Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Frank Joseph for his work overseeing the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines in private clinics around the UK and Europe.
For the occasion, the mother of Princess Eugenie, 31 and Princess Beatrice, 33, donned a lacey black gown.
Sarah Ferguson, 62, who is commonly called Fergie, attended the European Diversity Awards at the five-star Landmark hotel in London last night. She handed out the Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Frank Joseph, right, for his work overseeing the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines in private clinics around the UK and Europe.
The floor-length dress featured a frilly detail on the three-quarter sleeves, and on its skirt.
The mother-of-two kept the look simple by sporting very little jewellery, apart from her watch on her left wrist, a discreet silver bracelet and a pair of golden pendant earrings.
Her fiery locks were styled in a wavy blow-dry that cascaded down her shoulders.
Fergie also donned a glamourous makeup with a dash of foundation highlight her healthy complexion, mascara and eyeliner to compliment her blue gaze.
Fergie looked stunning in a black floor-length gown she picked for the event. Pictured: With Professor Frank Joseph, right, and his colleague, left
The mother-of-two photographed with the DAM team that worked with Professor Frank Joseph
Fergie, who has been involved with several charities since her days as a royal, was delighted to be a part of the ceremony yesterday.
‘The European Diversity Awards is an incredibly important event which recognises the work inspirational individuals and businesses have undertook over the past year,’ she said.
‘I was honoured to present the Lifetime Achievement award to Professor Frank Joseph, who has overseen the rollout of COVID-19 testing in private clinics across the UK and Europe and has been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic with the NHS and Dam Health,’ she added.
Professor Joseph, a world-leading physician in Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Countess of Chester Hospital, received the award for his work fighting coronavirus for the NHS and private medical and diagnostics company Dam Health.
The Awards, which were created in 2010, reward 16 categories including: Diversity in Tech, Campaigner, Charity, Community Project, Company, Diversity Champion, Diversity Team, Head of Diversity, Hero, Inspirational Role Model.
Marketing Campaign, Media Diversity Champion, Outstanding Employee Network, Social Mobility Initiative, Supplier Diversity Programme, and HR Champion are the other categories featured.
HSBC, Lego Group, BP, Standard Chartered and the Oliver King Foundation were among the companies award for their work throughout 2021.
Fergie pictured with Linda Riley, who founded the European Diversity Awards. Linda donned a suit for last night’s event
Sarah thanked the awards and paid tribute to Professor Frank’s amazing work on her Instagram page yesterday
Lego Group received the award rewarding their Marketing Campaign, while HSBC picked up the Diversity Team accolade.
Diversity and Inclusion consultant at BP Bobbi Pickard, who is a proud trans woman, won Hero of the Year for her work towards enhancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Noni Nyathi, a nurse from the NHS who trailblazed an initiative to create PPE for BAME people during the pandemic, was named second winner of Hero of the Year,
Meanwhile, Asif Sadiq MBE, Senior Vice President of global entertainment powerhouse Warner Media received the the Head of Diversity prize.
Sarah with another attendees who wore a stunning dress with a graphic print reading ‘honey’ pictured
Multimational banking and financial service company Standard Chartered, which operations more than 1,200 branches and outlet across 70 countries won the Supplier Diversity Programme.
Sirah Mayett, Kirklees Council’s HR partner, was crowned HR Champion of the year.
And the national charity, The Oliver King Foundation, was named Charity of the Year for its efforts to install defibrillators in schools around the country and lobbied the government to pass a law making the equipment mandatory for every institution.
The awards champion diversity and inclusion by recognising achievements across race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and religion.
Linda Riley, European Diversity Awards founder, said: ‘These awards shine a light on those who have worked tirelessly to champion diversity and inclusion during what has been an extremely difficult 18 months with Covid-19.
‘Every deserving winner has made real achievements in race, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or religious belief over the past year.
‘The corporations and business leaders who picked up awards are dynamic and reflect the huge efforts corporate organisations are now making to improve diversity and inclusion. We should never forget how far we’ve come but there is still so much more to do,’ she added.