Prince William, Kate Middleton grace BAFTAs red carpet for first time as Prince, Princess of Wales

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February 23, 2023 | 4:17pm

MANILA, Philippines — The 2023 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) was a big night for “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “The Banshees of Inisherin,” and “Elvis,” but the ceremony also marked the return of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The two royals made their first in-person appearance at the BAFTAs in two years. William regularly attended the ceremony since becoming BAFTA president in 2010, with Kate joining him since 2017.

In 2021, William pulled out from attending as his grandfather Prince Philip had just passed away — Philip was the first-ever president of BAFTA — while last year, the royal couldn’t attend because of a busy schedule.

This is also the first time William and Kate attended the BAFTAs as Prince and Princess of Wales, titles they inherited following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last year and the ascension of William’s father Charles to the British throne.

The 41-year-old Kate wore a white one-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress and black opera gloves, pairing them with gold jewels and earrings from Zara. Complementing her outfit was William in an equally simple black velvet Tom Ford suit.

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Kate had actually worn the Grecian-style gown at the 2019 BAFTAs. The following year — her last BAFTAs attendance before this year — she wore a gold and white Alexander McQueen gown which she had previously worn to a state dinner in Malaysia eight years prior.

The 2023 BAFTAs featured a special tribute to Queen Elizabeth II introduced by award-winning actress Helen Mirren, who portrayed the late queen in the 2006 movie “The Queen.”

 “Cinema at its best does what Her Majesty did effortlessly — bring us together and unite us

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How The Queen Inspired Kate’s BAFTA Opera Gloves

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Those gloves, it turns out, were designed by royal glove supplier Cornelia James — who was known as the Queen’s favourite glove maker. The designer was granted the Royal Warrant in 1979, meaning it was a brand with Her Majesty’s royal approval. Queen Elizabeth II first wore Cornelia James gloves in 1947, when she accessorised her going-away outfit with gloves, following her marriage to Prince Philip.

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As for Kate’s appearance at the BAFTAs; ‘She looked terrific,’ Peter James, the son of the late Cornelia James, said. ‘So stylish. Wonderful to see her wearing gloves — especially Cornelia James ones. Perhaps she will follow in the fashion of the late Queen, who always wore gloves in public.’

Kate appeared to be wearing the Melissa Velvet Opera Glove, which retails for £160. ‘Opera gloves are transformative; they have enormous leverage,’ Genevieve James, creative director at Cornelia James and the late designer’s daughter, told People. ‘They turn any event into an occasion and a dress into a statement.’

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Catherine, Princess of Wales attends the 2023 BAFTAs.Chris Jackson – Getty Images

‘Imagine Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s without the gloves — it’s just another little black dress,’ she added. ‘With the gloves, it becomes iconic and emblematic of our age — always relevant, always contemporary.’

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