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Spring Lunch 2024

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Date(s) - April 18, 2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Epsom Downs Racecourse


We are delighted to invite you to our Spring Lunch with our much-loved shopping fayre, a delicious two-course meal and a fashion show curated by local image and style consultant Carole Ann Geddes.  Plus we are thrilled to announce our guest speaker’ Hugo Vickers!

 We are excited to welcome Hugo Vickers to the lunch:

The Financial Times recently described him as: ‘the most knowledgeable royal biographer on the planet.’

Hugo Vickers is well known as a biographer, lecturer and broadcaster, and is an acknowledged expert on the Royal Family.

He is called uHugo Vickerspon to commentate on important state occasions, and at times when the Royal Family are in the news.  He has covered events from the first wedding of the Prince of Wales, many royal weddings and the funerals of Diana, the Queen Mother, Prince Philip, the  State Funeral and Committal of The Queen, and the Coronation of Charles III.

He has written many biographies of 20th century figures, including Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh, the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Andrew of Greece, and the Queen Mother.  He attacked the sixty episodes of the Netflix series of The Crown – in his book, The Crown Dissected.

He will be speaking of his experience writing Cecil Beaton’s biography, who had photography links to the fashion world.

Cecil Beaton was one of Britain’s greatest cultural icons – not just as a photographer capturing some of the most celebrated portraits of the 20th Century but also as a designer of the iconic sets and costumes for the films My Fair Lady and Gigi, which defined the glamorous look of the era and won him three Oscars for costume and art direction.

In 1980, Beaton personally chose Hugo Vickers to be his biographer, entrusting him with his diaries and the entire body of letters he had written – both personally and professionally – including from 30 years working for Vogue. His first solo exhibition in London in 1927 established him as one of the leading fashion photographers of his generation.

We are so excited to hear all about Hugo Vicker’s experience collaborating with him.


Carole Ann

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As a former Marks & Spencer fashion buyer, Carole Ann has worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years and will walk us through Seasonal Trends and Colours for Spring 2024. Enjoy seeing forward thinking and sustainable clothing brands, some of which aren’t even available on the high street and indulge in some late-night shopping so you can step out in style this spring. 

Your support at the lunch will enable QEF to continue to transform lives and rebuild futures. There are many ways you can further support us on the day, including bidding in our auction  and donating some unwanted clothing or handbags to our retail shops.

Caring Couture

Caring Couture is back! Following its launch in 2018, Caring Couture – The POWER of one piece, raised thousands of pounds for QEF. We kindly ask if you could support QEF by bringing along one item (or more) of clothing or a handbag to donate to QEF for resale across our retail stores to the Ladies Spring Lunch. There will be a concierge service at the registration desk to collect your donations.

Please note we also accept men’s clothing! 

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