The Queen has met many an illustrious figure in her time, but this week’s Global Investment Summit reception at Windsor Castle was awash with notable names, including billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Her Majesty hosted the reception with her son and grandson, Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge, plus her cousins the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, for a grand evening in honour of business leaders from across the globe.
From Sir David Attenborough to Ed Sheeran, Alexandra Palace was abuzz with illustrious names for the inaugural prize giving ceremony
A post to the official Royal Family social media accounts related that the reception was attended by ‘influential business leaders from around the world’ and fell ‘ahead of the Royal Family’s attendance at events in Glasgow for the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November.’ The business and environmental interests of the UK – and the global community – are closely interlinked, with the upcoming conference seeking to ‘showcase the best of British innovation and highlight the UK’s role in green investment and clean technologies.’
The Queen pulled out all the stops for the event, looking regal in an elegant blue-green floral skirt and jacket, accessorised with a pearl necklace and earrings and her beloved Cullinan V diamond brooch. Among the throng of attendees, who flocked to the royal’s Berkshire abode after a day-long conference in London, was the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry; Darktrace CEO, Poppy Gustafsson; Emirati businessman Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; and multi-hyphenate American business magnate, software developer and philanthropist, Bill Gates.
Gates has had a busy month, having just attended the wedding of his eldest daughter, Jennifer, who married her equestrian beau Nayel Nassar in New York’s Westchester County over the weekend. As for the UK contingent, the Queen and her fellow royals were joined by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan, as well as Prime Minister Boris Johnson.