Tuesday 23 October 2018

Cheryl makes rare public appearance in slinky black dress (and a huge diamond ring) at St James's Palace

Close up of the hands of former Girls Aloud star Cheryl as she meets the Prince of Wales at an Invest in Futures reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace in London
Cheryl Tweedy, actress Dame Helen Mirren and director Taylor Hackford attend an 'Invest In Futures' reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets singer Cheryl Tweedy and actress Dame Helen Mirren as he attends a 'Invest In Futures' reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets singer Cheryl Tweedy, actress Dame Helen Mirren and director Taylor Hackford as he attends a 'Invest In Futures' reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
(L-R) Adrien Koskas, Rosie Smith Widley, Cheryl Tweedy, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Dame Helen Mirren, Michael Harley and Neelam Gill attend an 'Invest In Futures' reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets singer Cheryl as he attends a 'Invest In Futures' reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Singer Cheryl Tweedy and actress Dame Helen Mirren attend an 'Invest In Futures' reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Public appearances by new mother Cheryl are few and far between.

When she does make the decision to emerge from her mansion in Surrey, she knows how to make a splash, as she did on Thursday night when was one of the celebrity guests of honour at St James's Palace in London, where she met Prince Charles.

The former Girls Aloud singer (34) and opted for a black silk gown with plunging neckline for the occasion, but it was the cushion cut diamond ring on her her left ring finger that stole the show, sparking rumours of an engagement with boyfriend Liam Payne (24), whom she shares baby son Bear with.

Unsurprisingly, she hasn't commented on whether or not there is a trip up the aisle planned, although Payne already refers to her as his "wifey" and said last year that weddings "aren't for him".

Close up of the hands of former Girls Aloud star Cheryl as she meets the Prince of Wales at an Invest in Futures reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace in London
Close up of the hands of former Girls Aloud star Cheryl as she meets the Prince of Wales at an Invest in Futures reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace in London

The couple have been together for two years and debuted their relationship, which was a surprise at the time, in January 2016, months after Cheryl's second marriage ended.

They first met on The X Factor in 2008 when Cheryl was a judge and Payne auditioned as a solo contestant, two years before becoming part of the hit boyband One Direction.

The mother-of-one joined a host of other stars at last night's event, to mark one year of partnership between The Prince's Trust and beauty brand L'Oreal, for which she is a spokesperson, alongside Dame Helen Mirren.

Models and activists Iskra Lawrence and Katie Piper were also on the guestlist.

Singer Cheryl Tweedy and actress Dame Helen Mirren attend an 'Invest In Futures' reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Singer Cheryl Tweedy and actress Dame Helen Mirren attend an 'Invest In Futures' reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets singer Cheryl Tweedy and actress Dame Helen Mirren as he attends a 'Invest In Futures' reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales meets singer Cheryl Tweedy and actress Dame Helen Mirren as he attends a 'Invest In Futures' reception for The Prince's Trust at St James's Palace on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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