Tutankhamun exhibition opens at British Museum

Celebrities from around the world descended on the British Museum on November 13 for the opening by Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak and Britain’s Prince Charles of the exhibition «Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs.» Egyptian Ambassador in London Gehad Madi and his wife Mona held a philanthropic gala to mark the occasion. Guests included Greece’s Vardis Vardinoyiannis and his wife, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna, Giorgos Goulandris and his wife Christiana, Giorgos Vardinoyiannis and his wife Arieta, Count and Countess Alessandro Guerrini-Maraldi and the grandson of Lord Carnarvon, who with Howard Carter discovered the pharaoh’s tomb in 1922. The gala also marked the 85th anniversary of the tomb’s discovery and was in aid of the Cairo Children’s Museum founded by Suzanne Mubarak. The exhibition displays about 130 artifacts from the treasures of King Tut and his ancestors that are being displayed for the first time. Egypt’s Culture Minister Farouq Hosni and Dr Zahi Hawass, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, also attended the opening, along with Niall Fitzgerald, chairman of the British Museum’s Board of Trustees.