RALPH LAUREN was the man of the hour last night, as his philanthropic partnership with The Royal Marsden was celebrated during an elegant party at Windsor Castle honouring the charity’s work.

The partnership was initially set up by Vogue‘s own Alexandra Shulman, a trustee of The Royal Marsden, who introduced Lauren to the charity knowing his particular interest in supporting breast cancer research. Lauren arrived in London earlier this week to announce the opening of the Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research – a new facility that will be housed within the Chelsea hospital.

Alongside the hospitals trustees and donors, philanthropists including including Ian Wace, Emmanuel Roman, Carole and Anthony Bamford, and fashion and arts patrons Tania and Fares Fares were joined by representatives from the worlds of fashion, art and film. Cate Blanchett, Emma Watson, Margot Robbie, artist Sir Anish Kapoor and Benedict Cumberbatch attended. The Lauren family was out in force to mark the occasion – Ralph arrived alongside his wife Ricky, with whom he celebrates 50 years of marriage this year, their sons David and Andrew, their daughter Dylan and their daughter-in-law, Lauren Bush Lauren.

5-14-2014 10-06-06 AM Ralph arrived with his wife Ricky Lauren, who was dressed in a Ralph Lauren Collection jacket and silk chiffon evening gown.

5-14-2014 10-06-38 AM Cate Blanchett wore a Ralph Lauren Collection gown with jewellery and heels also by Ralph Lauren Collection

5-14-2014 10-14-39 AM Jamie Hince and Kate Moss.

5-14-2014 10-15-31 AM Nicky Haslam and Suzy Menkes.

5-14-2014 10-08-20 AM The Lauren family, from left to right: Paul Arrouet and wife Dylan Lauren, Ralph, Ricky, Andrew, Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren.

5-14-2014 10-11-46 AM The Duke of Cambridge with Ralph Lauren.

5-14-2014 10-12-05 AM The Duke of Cambridge met with guests including Emma Watson and Kate Moss.5-14-2014 10-21-51 AMThe scene inside Windsor Castle’s St George’s Hall, where a three-course dinner with served.

“The evening at Windsor Castle was a night to remember not only for its incredible beauty and elegance, but for its relevance as we embark on an important collaboration with The Royal Marsden inspired by the leadership of HRH the Duke of Cambridge”, Ralph Lauren told Vogue  today. 

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