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Having taken over as chairman of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, the pressure was on for Charlie Roxburghe to make the charity’s 41st gala dinner one to remember. So it was off to the V&A for a private view of the Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution exhibition with a collection of his nearest and dearest, such as brother Lord Ted Innes Ker, Robert Sheffield and Robert Dawes, before a lavish feast of seasonal pheasant and venison for the 100 or so guests was served in the grand dome of the museum. New parents Thomas van Straubenzee and wife Lucy, delighted to be back out on the town, enjoyed a glass or two of champagne. They took the opportunity to catch up with Otis Ferry, while other guests were lured by the fancy dress box and photo booth. The toe-tapping tunes from swing band The Brogues meant Lady Sitwell, resplendent in red, was unable to stay sitting for long. Catching his breath, the duke said: ‘After the last 18 months it was wonderful to join together in supporting the invaluable efforts of the trust and help raise funds for the critical support of UK conservation.’ Charlie Thomas from Bonhams conducted a live silent auction which included an evening at Nevil Holt opera,  a shooting experience on the Prescombe Estate in Wiltshire and a three-day fishing trip on the Islamouth Beat in Perthshire. The night was a roaring success, raising £92,547 – ensuring the charity went home with a golden egg of its own, to help continue its vital work for another year.