Supermodel Eva opens Harrods sale
Supermodel Eva Herzigova has added a touch of catwalk glamour to the opening of the Harrods summer sale.
The Czech-born model and actress arrived in a horse drawn carriage flanked by footmen dressed in the store's famous green livery and preceded by a band of pipers.
She was greeted with a kiss on both cheeks by a smiling Mohamed Al Fayed, before posing outside the store's entrance for the cheering crowds and awaiting photographs.
The pair were joined on the red carpet by Khalifa Al Kuwari, chief operating officer of Qatar Holdings.
Last month it was announced Mr Al Fayed, now honorary chairman of Harrods, had decided to sell up and retire.
The Qatari royal family is buying the store for a reported £1.5 billion through Qatar Holdings, the investment arm of the Qatar Investment Authority, which trades on behalf of the state.
Once inside the store Ms Herzigova told waiting members of the public: "Good morning and a very, very warm welcome. I am delighted to be here at this prestigious event in Harrods this morning to open the summer sale at the world's most famous fashion store. So get ready to shop."
Harrods director of corporate affairs, Katharine Witty, then paid tribute to Mr Al Fayed, she said: "Mr Al Fayed has guided and nurtured this store for 26 years. He has taken the institution and created this wonderful, luxurious store it is today, so Mr Al Fayed from all of us thank you for all you've done."
Mr Al Fayed and Ms Herzigova then took part in a countdown, before the queues of shoppers streamed through the doors to begin hunting for bargains.
Harrods holds a sale twice a year and the summer sale will run until July 11.