Loose Women presenters Brenda Edwards and Judi Love attended a reception at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 9 June to celebrate the Commonwealth diaspora.
The event, which celebrates and recognizes the important contribution that the Commonwealth diaspora makes to the UK, welcomed hundreds of guests to the Palace, ranging from celebrities to key figures from the arts, education, NHS and charity sectors.
At the event, Brenda was pictured speaking to Prince Charles and shaking his hand while the prince smiled. The presenters were also pictured in their outfits as they entered the reception.
Brenda wore a royal blue jumpsuit paired with a slightly lighter blue jacket – she complemented the look with black shoes and two necklace charms, as well as orange nail polish.
The presenter could also be seen wearing a blue bracelet with the name of her son Jamal Edwards, who died earlier this year of a heart attack after taking recreational drugs.
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Judi wore a printed tie midi dress from her own Very collection, paired with silver earrings, a green handbag and some green wedge heels.
The reception comes ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which is due to take place in Rwanda later this month. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will attend the meeting in Kigali, Rwanda during the week of June 20th.
The event was scheduled to take place in Kigali in June 2020 but has been postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is Brenda Edwards’ first public appearance since she confirmed the cause of death of eldest child, Jamal, earlier this week.
Taking to social media, Brenda shared the results of Jamal’s physical and confirmed he suffered a heart attack after taking recreational drugs.
Jamal died in early February this year and an inquest into the circumstances of his death was held on Tuesday, June 7.
Brenda wrote in her post: “First of all I wanted to thank everyone who has reached out, messaged and been there for me and my family since Jamal passed away in February.
“We have been so incredibly touched by the outpouring of love and support and you all are helping us to get through the unimaginable.”
Brenda, 53, then explained the cause of her beloved son’s death when she said: “Since I last spoke, I have sadly learned that the cause of Jamal’s devastating death was due to cardiac arrhythmias brought on by the ingestion of Recreational Drugs and Me wanted to say this myself to everyone who loved, admired and respected my son.”
The Loose Women star, who previously shared her heartbreak over people revealing Jamal’s death before she had the chance, went on to admit the news came as a “shock” to her.
“I’ve been in shock since hearing the news and am still trying to process it,” she wrote. “But it’s so important for me to bring it up as no mother or loved one should go through what Jamal’s sister Tanisha and I have been through since his death.”
She described her son as “the world within reach – joie de vivre and unknowingly taken away far too soon”.
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