Thursday 27 November 2014

Spending time with the in laws – Kate Middleton dazzles as she helps Queen host Buckingham Palace film bash

Published 18/02/2014 | 07:53

Queen Elizabeth II (left) and The Duchess of Cambridge (right) arrive at a Reception for the Dramatic Arts, at Buckingham Palace, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 17, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Crump/Daily Mail
Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting guests, including Trevor Eve.
Queen Elizabeth speaks with with Joan Collins
Queen Elizabeth meeting guests, including Dame Angela Lansbury
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting Dame Helen Mirren, as Sir David Attenborough (rear centre) looks on.
The Queen and The Duchess of Cambridge watching a performance
Helen Mirren delivers a speech from Shakespeare's The Tempest
Queen Elizabeth meeting guests, including Lenny Henry
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting guests during a Reception for the Dramatic Arts

DESPITE some of the most famous movie and TV stars in the world being in attendance – it was Kate Middleton who stole the show at the Dramatic Arts Reception at Buckingham Palace last night.

The 32-year-old was rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty such as Helen Mirren and Angela Lansbury – however look every inch the movie star herself.

The Duchess wore a red Alexander McQueen pleated dress to the reception.

She has become popular for her down-to-earth approach to big events - she performed a big Hollywood 'no no' by wearing last night's outfit at a previous bash.

She was spotted in the Alexander McQueen piece during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The event last night was in celebration of queen Elizabeth’s 60 years as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Other big names in attendance included Roger Moore, John Hurt, Ralph Fiennes, Timothy Spall, Alan Bennett and Alan Rickman

Prince William presented a fellowship to Helen at the Baftas on Sunday, was laughing with the actress. “My husband called you granny last night,” she giggled.

Speaking about being introduced on the red carpet, Mirren said: "You're thinking 'it's the queen, it's the queen'."

And when asked if she still got starstruck, replied: "Of course, even more so I think because I feel self-conscious, you know."

She added: "I am genuinely always astounded by her aura, her twinkle, her presence.

"It never fails to surprise me and again it's what everyone says when they meet her – it was what overwhelmed me the first time I met her."

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