Wednesday 28 June 2017

Kate Middleton wows in daring white gown at movie premiere in London

The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the world premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob, at Curzon cinema in Mayfair, London.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the world premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob, at Curzon cinema in Mayfair, London.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the premiere of "A street cat named Bob" in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the premiere of "A street cat named Bob" in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the premiere of "A street cat named Bob" in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the premiere of "A street cat named Bob" in London
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, meets with stars, cast and crew, and representatives from her charity at the Working Titles office where she sees highlights of the Recovery Street Film Festival on November 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, meets with stars, cast and crew, and representatives from her charity at the Working Titles office where she sees highlights of the Recovery Street Film Festival on November 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, attends the UK Premiere of "A Street Cat Named Bob" in aid of Action On Addiction on November 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, attends the UK Premiere of "A Street Cat Named Bob" in aid of Action On Addiction on November 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the world premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob, at Curzon cinema in Mayfair, London.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the world premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob, at Curzon cinema in Mayfair, London.
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves the world premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob, at Curzon cinema in Mayfair, London.
Kate Middleton arrives for the world premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob, at Curzon cinema in London. Photo: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Wire
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Kate Middleton has worn one of her most daring looks yet.

The Duchess of Cambridge stunned in a white Self Portrait lace dress with pleated skirt detail, but it was the high slit that added some edge to an otherwise traditionally regal look.

Self Portrait has become one of the most popular high street brands of the year and is top of Irish celebrities' lists when shopping for a red carpet event. The Lace Military Dress retails for €360, which she paired with a suede LK Bennett clutch.

The mother-of-two attended the world premiere of a heartfelt film about two friends - a man and his cat - who have transformed each other's lives.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, attends the UK Premiere of
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, attends the UK Premiere of "A Street Cat Named Bob" in aid of Action On Addiction on November 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

A Street Cat Named Bob dramatises the lives of former homeless busker James Bowen and Bob the cat - familiar characters around central London - who helped each other back on to the road to a better life.

Their story was turned into a book by Bowen and became an international hit, selling more than three million copies, and now a film - starring Bob as himself - is being released about their journey.

Kate, who wore an outfit by Self Portrait, met the pair and members of the cast and crew before the premiere at Curzon Mayfair cinema - in one of London's most exclusive areas.

Waiting at the end of the line of guests were Bowen and Bob, sat on a red cushion on a plinth, and as Kate gently stroked the cat's head she chatted to his owner.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the premiere of
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the premiere of "A street cat named Bob" in London

When she bent down to look at the cat, who appeared more interested in the flashes coming from the photographers' camera, she turned to Bowen and asked "is he growling or purring" and he joked that he did not know.

Bowen's story began in 2007 when the recovering drug addict found a stray ginger tomcat injured and sick and curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation in Tottenham, north London.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, meets with stars, cast and crew, and representatives from her charity at the Working Titles office where she sees highlights of the Recovery Street Film Festival on November 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, meets with stars, cast and crew, and representatives from her charity at the Working Titles office where she sees highlights of the Recovery Street Film Festival on November 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Bowen was living a hand-to-mouth existence on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet, but he decided to nurse the intelligent tomcat, whom he quickly christened Bob.

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The cat followed him everywhere, as he does to this day, sitting on his shoulders with his trademark scarf, and they soon became inseparable.

But Bob, thought to be 11 years old, was also good for his busking in Covent Garden, with the public stopping to stroke the cat, chat and listen to the music.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, meets with stars, cast and crew, and representatives from her charity at the Working Titles office where she sees highlights of the Recovery Street Film Festival on November 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Action on Addiction, meets with stars, cast and crew, and representatives from her charity at the Working Titles office where she sees highlights of the Recovery Street Film Festival on November 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Taking on the cat was more than just a gesture of compassion, as the former rough sleeper believes it was a turning point in his life.

He said: "He showed me that everybody has a second chance if they want to take it.

"He made me feel, instead of just existing, it was worth changing my life and getting clean because I had to take care of him and in turn it made me take care of myself."

Speaking about the success of his book, which has led to children's spin-offs and now the film, he added: "It's wonderful to be an advocate for things like homelessness charities like the Big Issue Foundation and animal things like the Blue Cross and the Cats Protection League - raising money for all of these things and awareness."

Bowen joked about the happy ending of their tale, saying: "Bob bought a house and lets me pay the mortgage."

Additional reporting by Press Association

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