This year marks the 15th consecutive year that the star-studded ball has been held to raise funds for the Elton John Aids Foundation.
The award for the most attractive couple of the evening went to Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks who was at the event with her male model boyfriend 33-year old David Gandy. Gandy is known for his sense of style and can be relied upon to make an effort for a red carpet event. Not for nothing is he referred to as David Gandy Eye Candy!
This time out though it was his 22-year old actress girlfriend who was turning heads with her choice of a cream dress with an extremely plunging front.
Another person who can be relied upon to look good for a big occasion is actress Uma Thurman who looked in great shape in her figure-hugging dark gown.
The Tie and Tiara Ball was held tonight at Woodside, Elton and David Furnish’s home in Old Windsor. Every year the ball has a different theme and this year’s theme is love. Previous years themes have included Surfin’ USA and The Glory of Venice with last year’s ball being themed around 60’s Motown.
The event is always very well attended and as well as a number of big screen stars there are as you would expect plenty of stars from the world of music who Elton gets to come and perform for his guests. In previous years performers at the ball have included Sir Tom Jones, Brian Wilson, Take That and Barry Manilow.
The Elton John Foundation makes a lot of money from the sale of tickets to the event, which cost several thousand pounds each and also benefits from a number of different fundraising events held on the night including some very desirable lots being sold off at a charity auction. In the past items to be auctioned off have included the first ever private photo session with Mario Testino, Princess Di’s favourite photographer.
The Foundation has raised in excess of £50m already and you can guess that tonight’s ball, which is still going on, will have added a significant amount to that figure.
Amongst the many guests tonight are Natalie Imbruglia, Eva Herzigova, Jerry Hall, fashion experts Susannah and Trinny, and Liz Hurley, who was going to tonight’s ball minus former cricketer Shane Warne but on the arm instead of her friend the fashion designer Patrick Cox.