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Charles' companion Camilla Parker Bowles hosted the pre-match lunch for the likes of Rose Marie Bravo and Evelyn and Leonard Lauder -- the first time ever that Parker Bowles hosted an event linked to the Prince of Wales Foundation.
A few nights later, the swell set moved on to another country house -- Elton John's estate, Woodside -- for the fourth annual White Tie & Tiara Ball. Paparazzi swarmed outside the gates, but inside Liz Hurley, Lord Jacob Rothschild, David and Serena Linley, Valentino, Joan Collins, Jemima Khan, Kylie Minogue, Dame Judi Densch and Jade Jagger wandered the perfectly manicured grounds.
Women wore tiaras, real or improvised, and the men wore decorations. Sir Elton had his OBE medal, Sting showed off his "#1 Daddy" medal (bestowed by his son Giacomo), and David Furnish sported a rock-size canary yellow diamond ring, provided by the evening's sponsor Chopard.
"I can't see anything," he said, raising his hand to shield his eyes from the sun as guests Marjorie Gubelmann and Cornelia Guest approached to say hello.
"No wonder," cried Gubelmann, a jewel hound, drawing attention to the ring.
Guest will have a lot to live up to next summer when the benefit -- which not only provided first-rate table hopping but raised a total of 1.7 million pounds ($2.5 million) for the Elton John AIDS Foundation -- moves to her Long Island domain, Templeton.
But a rousing speech by Emma Thompson, a charity auction including soccer lessons with David Beckham and a musical duet by Sting and Sir Elton were nothing compared to the goodie bags, the best in recent memory. Everyone got an envelope with various gift certificates inside for prizes including Louis Vuitton luggage and five nights in Jamaica (won by Patrick Cox).
Chelsea Clinton and Ian Klaus swapped notes about the bounty with other guests while waiting for her car at the front gate.
Klaus picked up a Burberry bathrobe, while Clinton won a membership to a health club -- in London, as luck would have it.
"I'm not going to scorn anything," said the former first daughter, "but we live in Oxford.""