The Queen and Kate host RADA Reception

This evening, Her Majesty the Queen and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge hosted a reception for the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts at Buckingham Palace. The Queen is a patron of the RADA and Kate joined Her Majesty at the star-studded event.

The Buckingham Palace ballroom, where events took place this evening – via The Telegraph

Around 250 guests attended the grand event, including Dame Helen Mirren, Julian Fellowes, Cate Blanchett, and David Tennant. (Much to the disappointment of many, Benedict Cumberbatch cancelled his attendance at the last moment due to work conflicts) Her Majesty and the Duchess of Cambridge greeted all the guests upon arrival before enjoying a series of performances, including Pygmalion and The Color Purple. 

RADA reception 1

Following the performances, guests joined members of the royal family – including the Queen and Kate – throughout the State Rooms. There was much mingling between British Royalty, Hollywood Royalty, and the great British personalities of the film industry. It was truly a glittering, star-studded event.


Photo courtesy of the lovely Kelly Lynch on Twitter

Photo courtesy of the lovely Kelly Lynch on Twitter

Kate wore a red Alexander McQueen dress to tonight’s reception. The dress was previously seen at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and is thought by many to be an iconic look. The dress features long sleeves, a fitted bodice and drop waisted pleated skirt. It is both modest and incredibly stylish.

The Duchess of Cambridge at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

Her hair was particularly glossy in her fabulous signature blowout style. Kate accessorized with her personalized Anya Hindmarch “Maud” silk clutch and a pair of satin Prada pumps that she has owned for yeras. She added a touch of shine with her Temple of Heaven chandelier earrings. Kate was also sporting this year’s hottest accessory – a plaster/Band-Aid on her left thumb! (We kid, we kid)


RADA accessories

Many royal watchers were interested in Kate’s choice for tonight. Some were hoping for a ball gown. The event was more of a “cocktail party,” and given the early evening timeline, a long gown would have been inappropriate. Kate’s choice of bold red with these refined accessories were a perfect ensemble to wear alongside Her Majesty, who was a regal vision in blue!

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