Kerri-Anne Kennerley steps out in Sydney after her mother's death at 99

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Showbusiness veteran Kerri-Anne Kennerley has made her first public appearance since burying her mother, Grace, last week.

The 67-year-old was surrounded by supportive friends as she attended an event hosted by Meat and Livestock Australia event at Sydney’s Pier One hotel.

The Logie Hall of Famer wore a red turtleneck sweater with floral embellishments by Dolce & Gabbana, which she teamed with a sequin skirt. 

Moving forward: Kerri-Anne Kennerley smiled as she bravely made her first public appearance at a Sydney event on Tuesday, following her late mother's passing last week, at the age of 99. She smiled for a photo at the Meat and Livestock Australia event at Sydney's Pier One hotel

Moving forward: Kerri-Anne Kennerley smiled as she bravely made her first public appearance at a Sydney event on Tuesday, following her late mother’s passing last week, at the age of 99. She smiled for a photo at the Meat and Livestock Australia event at Sydney’s Pier One hotel

The former Studio 10 host accessorised with a black and gold handbag, and completed her outfit with nude Mary Jane heels.

She styled her blonde locks in loose waves that cascaded down her shoulders.

The Australian talk show queen opted for a radiant makeup look with bright red lipstick and pink-blushed cheeks.

Kerri-Anne was joined at the event by Jessica Rowe, also formerly of Studio 10, who stunned in a flowing green dress with polka dots. 

Beaming: She opted for a bright and vibrant red turtleneck sweater with floral embellishments, by Dolce and Gabbana, teamed with a floral sequin skirt. Alongside her was fellow former Studio 10 presenter Jessica Rowe in a flowy emerald green dress with polka dots

Beaming: She opted for a bright and vibrant red turtleneck sweater with floral embellishments, by Dolce and Gabbana, teamed with a floral sequin skirt. Alongside her was fellow former Studio 10 presenter Jessica Rowe in a flowy emerald green dress with polka dots

Catching up: The 67-year-old TV legend was seen enjoying a lively conversation with her friend and entertainment reporter Richard Reid. He teamed a purple velvet blazer with a paisley button down, a Gucci belt and jeans

Catching up: The 67-year-old TV legend was seen enjoying a lively conversation with her friend and entertainment reporter Richard Reid. He teamed a purple velvet blazer with a paisley button down, a Gucci belt and jeans

She was also seen enjoying a lively conversation with entertainment reporter Richard Reid, with whom she is good friends.

The American gossip guru teamed a purple velvet blazer with a paisley button-down shirt, a Gucci belt and jeans.

Elsewhere, the media doyenne had a laugh with singer-songwriter Mitch Tambo, who opted for a sporty look in an Ellesse tracksuit. 

Cheery: The media doyenne was spotted having a laugh with singer-songwriter Mitch Tambo, who opted for a sporty look in an Ellesse tracksuit

Cheery: The media doyenne was spotted having a laugh with singer-songwriter Mitch Tambo, who opted for a sporty look in an Ellesse tracksuit

Close attention: Kerri-Anne beamed as she listened to the chef discuss the Australian meat and livestock industry

Close attention: Kerri-Anne beamed as she listened to the chef discuss the Australian meat and livestock industry

Delicious: Kerri-Anne was later seen enjoying the feast of local produce at the table with fellow guests

Delicious: Kerri-Anne was later seen enjoying the feast of local produce at the table with fellow guests

Kerri-Anne also smiled as she listened to a chef discuss the Australian meat and livestock industry.

Later on, she helped Jessica announce the winners of a raffle.

Kerri-Anne then helped herself to some local produce with her fellow guests.

Prizes: Elsewhere at the event, she was seen helping Jessica Rowe announce the winners of a raffle

Prizes: Elsewhere at the event, she was seen helping Jessica Rowe announce the winners of a raffle

Conversations: After festivities, the iconic blonde enjoyed a drink and uplifting conversation with her pals

Conversations: After festivities, the iconic blonde enjoyed a drink and uplifting conversation with her pals

The event was also attended by model Tahlia Giumelli.

The fiancée of Rabbitohs player Tom Burgess looked chic and polished in a neutral-toned blazer with black skinny jeans and boots.

Nine presenter Shelly Horton made an appearance, too, as did entertainment reporter Jo Casamento.

Sophisticated: The event was also attended by model Tahlia Giumelli, who looked chic and polished in a neutral toned blazer with black skinny jeans and boots.

Sophisticated: The event was also attended by model Tahlia Giumelli, who looked chic and polished in a neutral toned blazer with black skinny jeans and boots.

Gal pals: Also at the event was TV presenter and social commentator Shelly Horton and entertainment reporter Jo Casamento, who smiled for a photo with Jessica

Gal pals: Also at the event was TV presenter and social commentator Shelly Horton and entertainment reporter Jo Casamento, who smiled for a photo with Jessica

This event marked Kerri-Anne’s first public appearance since her mother’s funeral last week.

At the time, she shared a photo of her mother’s coffin on Instagram, and wrote: ‘Farewell to the most beautiful mother in the world.’

Grace died on May 25 at the age of 99. She was just months away from her milestone 100th birthday. 

Emotional farewell: This event was Kerri-Anne's first public appearance since the funeral of her late mother, Grace, last week. Kerri-Anne shared a photo of her mother's coffin on Instagram on Saturday

Emotional farewell: This event was Kerri-Anne’s first public appearance since the funeral of her late mother, Grace, last week. Kerri-Anne shared a photo of her mother’s coffin on Instagram on Saturday

Heartfelt: She paid tribute to her mother in the caption, saying: 'Farewell to the most beautiful mother in the world'

Heartfelt: She paid tribute to her mother in the caption, saying: ‘Farewell to the most beautiful mother in the world’

‘This morning we lost our beautiful dancing queen, always elegant and graceful,’ Kerri-Anna said in a statement announcing her mother’s passing.

‘She is now up there dancing with dad and John. We will always love you, mum.’

This was in reference to her late husband, John Kennerley, who died in 2019. 

Loved ones: Kerri-Anne added, 'She is now up there dancing with dad and John. We will always love you Mum,' referring to her John her late husband, who passed in 2019

Loved ones: Kerri-Anne added, ‘She is now up there dancing with dad and John. We will always love you Mum,’ referring to her John her late husband, who passed in 2019

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