Sarah Ferguson cut a diplomatic figure today as she travelled to Croatia to meet the Mayor of Zagreb.
The Duchess of York, 62, was opted for a blue shirt dress with an A-line skirt which she paired with velvet loafers and a bedazzled denim jacket for the meeting in the Balkan nation.
The mother-of-two, affectionately known as a ‘Fergie’ was visiting in her role as the chair of the newly formed International Montessori Ambassadors group and held a press conference at the Amadria Park Hotel Capital.
In the meeting she held onto a Little Red Doll, heroine of her own series of children’s books and also posed with an edition of her books with Little Red in Croatia.
Sarah Ferguson cut a diplomatic figure today as she travelled to Croatia to meet the Mayor of Zagreb
The Duchess of York, 62, was opted for a blue shirt dress with an A-line skirt which she paired with velvet loafers and a bedazzled denim jacket for the meeting in the Balkan nation
She also held up a copy of Newsweek from 1985.
Opting for a natural look, the Duchess, who is divorced from Prince Andrew, wore her hair down and loose and sported a low-key make-up look.
She wore a touch of dark eye-liner around her eye and paired the look with small hoop earrings.
Taking to her Instagram following the event, she wrote: ‘I’m in Zagreb with the @montessori.group as chair of the newly formed International Montessori Ambassadors group and honoured to meet with @tomislavtomasevichr, Mayor of Zagreb.
‘Zagreb is no stranger to wars and their consequences, and has welcomed refugees for many years. 11,000 Ukrainians have sought refuge in Croatia since their country was invaded by Russia and the Mayor explained the structures and systems they have in place to integrate them with the larger community.
Opting for a natural look, the Duchess, who is divorced from Prince Andrew, wore her hair down and loose and sported a low-key make-up look
‘We discussed Montessori’s work in Croatia with Emergency Container Home Shelters, which offer decent shelter for the local refugee population, and the support they are giving to teachers and children with day care centres for refugee children, and how we can help support him and the Croatian people.
‘I spent time talking to Blizhina Maria who fled Odesa with her daughter Alisa on 24th February.
‘They managed to get near to the border then walked the final journey into Moldova.
Sarah Ferguson, 62, has claimed Prince Andrew is a ‘wonderful father’ and grandfather, while reflecting on raising Princess Beatrice and Eugenie (pictured)
The Duchess of York said as grandparents they are trying not to ‘interfere too much’ with how Sienna and August are being raised
‘It is a great honour to be here, showing respect and love for a country I have had a deep connection with for three decades.
‘My charity Children in Crisis supported Croatian and Bosnian refugee families in the early 1990s who were going through the heartbreak Ukraine is living through now.
‘I am immensely proud of our work setting up a refugee camp in Tasovcici, Bosnia, later singled out by the @refugees, and I am committed to doing all I can to give ongoing support
It comes after the Duchess of York said Prince Andrew is a ‘wonderful’ father and a ‘very, very good grandfather’ to Eugenie and Beatrice’s children
Sarah has shown support for her daughters throughout the years and shared admiration for Princess Eugenie having her scar visible on her wedding day
Fergie remains extremely close to her ex-husband 14 years after their divorce.
The couple, who wed in 1986 and share daughters Beatrice, 33, and Eugenie, 32, continue to live at the Royal Lodge on the Queen’s Windsor estate.
It is Fergie’s latest show of support for her ex-husband after he paid Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre a reported £12million to settle allegations of sexual abuse out of court – allegations that he always denied.
Speaking to Ok Magazine, Fergie said: ‘[Andrew] is a wonderful father and a very very good grandfather.
She continued: ‘I think, as a grandparent, you have to let your children get on with being the parents they want to be, and not interfere too much.
‘But I’m always there to pick up the broccoli when it goes flying at mealtimes.’
Beatrice who married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, in 2020 is mother to daughter Sienna, seven months, while Eugenie who married Jack Brooksbank, 36, in 2018 is mother to son August, one. Beatrice is also stepmother to Edoardo’s son, Wolfie.