Kate Middleton 'never lets down' says royal expert
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Kate took royal watchers and celebrities alike by storm last week when she attended the world premiere of the 25th Bond film at the Royal Albert Hall. At the event, taking place on September 28, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a glittering gold Jenny Packham cape gown which prompted praises even from James Bond actor Daniel Craig.
One royal expert had previously suggested the success of Kate’s night out shortly after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s public visit to New York may have been hard on Meghan because the mother of two “thought this was a big return to the world stage”.
However, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams firmly believes the purpose of Kate’s outfit was to “boost the profile” of the premiere of No Time To Die, considered by many the official return of the British film industry following the dark months of lockdowns.
He told Express.co.uk: “Catherine looked absolutely stunning at the world premiere of No Time to Die, the gold gown she wore is an iconic moment in royal fashion.
“When Daniel Craig, in his last outing as James Bond, told her, ‘You look jolly lovely’, how right he was.
“The purpose of the outfit was to use her status as a fashion icon to boost the profile of the premiere of a film which had enormous importance for world cinema.”
The world premiere was particularly important for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when considered Prince William’s links with BAFTA.
Mr Fitzwilliams continued: “It also linked with William’s role as President of BAFTA.
“The presence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the same event gave it a very special cachet.
“It was an important example of how the presence of royals, in this case, four senior royals, can give an important event a boost.”
Kate and Prince William and Prince Charles and Camilla aren’t the first royals to have attended a Bond film launch.
In 2015, the Cambridges were joined by Prince Harry for the premiere of the 24th Bond film, Spectre.
Three years prior, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall walked down the red carpet of the premiere of Skyfall.
The Queen has attended several Bond premieres – most recently in 2006 when Casino Royale debuted at London’s Leicester Square cinema.
Among other prominent royals to have walked down a red carpet at a Bond premiere, there has been Princess Diana.
A month before tying the knot with Prince Charles, in June 1981, she attended the premiere of For Your Eyes Only.
In 1985, when A View To Kill was launched, she returned to the cinema in a long-sleeved metallic gown by Bruce Oldfield – which royal watchers believes may have inspired Kate’s golden outfit.
The Bond premieres have often been associated with fundraisers.
In 1985, the sale of the seats at the premiere raised thousands for the Prince’s Trust.
The premiere of No Time To Die benefitted charities supporting past and present members of MI5, MI6, GCHQ and UK special forces.
As a special thank you for their tireless work during the pandemic, healthcare workers and members of the armed forces were also invited to attend the glitzy event.
The No Time To Die premiere also marked an important moment for the Firm, as it saw Kate, Camilla, Charles and William joining forces.
The first event carried out by this foursome took place in February 2020, when they carried out a joint visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Loughborough.
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