After spending most of his seven year tenure as President of the British Academy of Film and Television Academy missing in action, Prince William showed up to Sunday’s award show at the Royal Opera House with Kate Middleton.
This was the third BAFTA Award Show for Prince William and Kate’s first. For Kate’s BAFTA Awards debut, she arrived in custom Alexander McQueen looking like Laura Ingalls dressed up as Harriet Oleson for Halloween.
The original Long Tier Violet Jacquard dress from Alexander McQueen’s 2016 resort collection that Kate had modified cost $7,765 (£6,218).
Kate’s McQueen box clutch retailed for $2,242 (£1,795).
Kate’s Prada Wavy-Cut Suede Pumps which were visible when Kate lifted her hem to climb the red-carpeted steps cost $750.
So that’s over $10,500 to look like a shrunken hunched-backed Harriet, not including the earrings which Kate first debuted in 2011.
Not much is known about the drop earrings, although Rebecca English confirmed on Twitter they are not a loaner pair from the Queen.
There was an amusing rumor floating before the BAFTAs that some actresses were concerned Kate would “out-shine” them at the award show.
If there really was any concern at all, it was probably that Kate would go full-on fan-girl.
Kate has a history of becoming star-struck at events with celebrities and was so giddy meeting Jackie Chan at a Creative Collaboration: UK & China event that a Hong Kong journalist covering it wrote, “Most unexpectedly, Princess Kate, who should be used to meeting and greeting dignitaries and upper echelons of society, suddenly lightened up with great delight and was very girlish when meeting Jackie Chan.”
It was actually nice to see Kate looking happy upon arrival at an event. Too often she appears groggy and trepidatious, like she’s just coming to after being hit with a tranquilizer dart.
I like happy Kate. I just wish she brought even a fraction of this enthusiasm to other events.
Unfortunately, the Duchess of Cambridge only appears genuinely engaged and interested in the presence of celebrities and Ben Ainslie. When it comes to her charities, Kate sometimes looks like she can barely keep her eyes open.