The British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is holding the bash on 11 March (04) to honour "the excellence of women".
Two hundred female high-fliers from the worlds of film, music, sports, science and charity are expected to attend.
A royal spokesman says, "The Queen wanted to celebrate the excellence of women. She has been a working mother most of her adult life and thought this would be an appropriate way to celebrate women and recognise their achievements and contribution.
"It will be a day to pay tribute to women across a broad range who have achieved in all sorts of areas, many who have triumphed, often in the face of adversity."04/02/2004 17:31