·Fashion and Shopping Writer, Yahoo Life UK
Sun, 19 February 2023 at 6:32 pm GMT
The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived with beaming smiles at the 2023 BAFTA Awards red carpet this weekend, donning their full Sunday best for the royal couple’s first formal outing of the year.
Kate, 41, stunned in a one-shouldered, white, full-length gown for the couple’s appearance at the ceremony, which celebrates the extraordinary skill sets amongst the film and TV industries.
The ethereal chiffon dress was similar in style to one-shouldered gowns the princess has worn before for formal events (including an almost-identical Alexander McQueen dress in 2019), but this time she added a modern (and dramatic) twist: a pair of bicep-high opera gloves, and eye-catching metallic floral earrings from Zara that come in at £17.99.
Kate completed her look with a black satin clutch bag and gold pointed-toe heels, which peeped out from beneath her layered gown.
She walked alongside her husband, Prince William, 40, who wore a velvet black tuxedo to the event held at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.
William was appointed the President of BAFTA – British Academy of Film and Television Arts – in 2010, succeeding Lord David Attenborough, the only non-royal president of BAFTA to date.
His grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh was president from 1959-1965, as was Princess Anne, from 1972-2000, and he continues the organisations long-running relationship with the Royal Family.
Their Royal Highnesses watched the BAFTA Awards ceremony – which saw Dame Helen Mirren lead a ‘special tribute’ to the late Queen Elizabeth, whom she memorably played on screen in the 2007 film The Queen – before meeting category winners and the EE Rising Star Award Nominees.
Dame Helen’s notable performance as the late monarch landed her both the BAFTA and the Oscar best actress gongs in the same year.
At the mention of the Queen’s name, both William and Kate looked visibly moved, as host Mirren described how “BAFTA’s relationship with Her Majesty was long-standing” continuing, “BAFTA would not be what it is today without her loyal support. She supported over 50 cultural organisations and in 2013 it was her turn to be honoured with a BAFTA in recognition of the Queen’s outstanding patronage of the film and television industries.”
Mirren added: “Cinema at its best, does what Her Majesty did effortlessly – bring us together and unite us in a story” before a short video of the Queen was shown. Mirren went on to end her powerful tribute with, “Her Majesty, you were our nation’s leading star” before thanking the Queen “on behalf of BAFTA for all you have done for our film and television industry.”