Former Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop joined Prince Charles for a gala dinner at one of the royal family’s palaces in London this week.
Ms Bishop sat next to the Prince of Wales at the event, held to celebrate the efforts of those working for his network of charity organizations, the Prince’s Trust.
As chair of the Trust’s Australian arm, Ms Bishop was wined and dined alongside the future king.
Wearing a sparkling silver dress and joined by her partner David Panton, Ms Bishop took to Instagram to document the occasion.
“Dinner at St James’s Palace hosted by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and President of (The Prince’s Trust),” she wrote.
St. James’s Palace is the most senior royal palace in the United Kingdom and was residence to the Kings and Queens of England for over 300 years until the reign of Queen Victoria.
The Prince’s Trust Australia works in the areas of youth empowerment, sustainability and veterans affairs to help build better futures for individuals and communities.
Founded by the Prince in 1976 using his navy severance pay of £ 7,400, the Trust has grown into a global network of organizations running a range of philanthropic initiatives.
In 2020-21, the organization claims to have supported 60,146 young people in 16 countries.
In Australia, the organization has helped veterans and their families to launch over 100 businesses to take them from working for the defense force to self-employment.
The Australian branch of the Trust appointed Ms Bishop as chair in 2020.
She is also currently acting as chancellor of Australian National University, chair of Telethon Kids Institute and as a patron of Shooting Stars – an education program for young Aboriginal girls.