On November 1st, 2011, The Earl of Wessex Prince Edward himself graced Hong Kong with his presence at the China Club, located on the top three floors of one of Hong Kong’s vintage, Shanghai-nese inspired buildings- the Old Bank of China Building, right in the heart of the city’s financial district, Central. The owner of retro chic club Sir David Tang attended the special occasion too. The affair, arranged by the Hong Kong branch of the Royal Overseas League (ROSL) was small, intimate yet lavish, complete with overflowing champagne and Chinese canapés served by waiters adorned in black and white penguin outfits.
I had the honour and privilege of attending the event as a volunteer receptionist, welcoming guests as they arrived and making sure everyone was standing in their correct positions when the prince arrived.
I chose a turquoise blue spaghetti strapped knee length cocktail dress by Anne Klein for the event, a generous present from my aunt when i turned 21.
The evening program began with a melodic harp performance by singer Katie Targett-Adams, followed by a speech by ROSL’s President Ms Stella Lam, after which the Prince was ushered into the room,escorted by my lovely aunt Perveen Crawford, Deputy Branch President of ROSL HK, with Katie performing a beautiful rendition of the national anthem.
Prince Edward was surprisingly down to earth, taking the time to greet all the guests who were present. When it was my turn to meet him, he even took the time to ask me about my studies at university and what i wanted to do upon graduation, and agreed to take a photograph with my family, despite the chaos and hustle around him.