Duchess of York plans quiet 50th birthday dinner

Thursday October 15, 2009

Sarah Ferguson is celebrating her 50th birthday with an intimate dinner party for family and friends on Thursday.

The flame-haired royal, pictured leaving London's Dorchester hotel with daughter Eugenie, will hold the dinner in a local restaurant.

The Duchess' spokesperson has denied reports that the low-key event had been downgraded from a large bash in Windsor amid fears that she was going bankrupt.

"She has faced some challenges and difficult times with one side of her business," her rep says.

"She's resilient, will work through the situation and bounce back from this."

It's certainly been a year to remember for Sarah.

In September she attended the Toronto Film Festival to promote her movie The Young Victoria.

Her documentary The Duchess on the Estate also aired this autumn.

Photo: © Rex

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