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February 28, 2017 01:24 PM

Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and Princess Kate hosted a reception to celebrate the start of 2017’s UK-India Year of Culture — and it was filled with lots of color and a few famous faces!

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The Queen, dressed in a bright purple outfit for the occasion, greets current Foreign Secretary and former Mayor of London Boris Johnson, a guest at the reception.

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Hard at work! A chef puts the finishing touches on canapes to be served at the event.

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Princess Kate gives William a helping hand, while looking at photos, text and mementos on display at the reception — including a scarf given to the Queen by Mahatma Gandhi.

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The Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar attends the reception with his wife, model Neha Kapur. “The evening has just been overwhelming as I got to meet the Queen and to promote UK-Indian culture, which gives me so much pride,” Kapur said. “It is important to me as an Indian artist to promote Indian culture. I am Indian character on an American TV show, so I wear my
culture on my sleeve. So to be here is a part of that.”

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On a staircase inside the palace, a group of dancers in traditional garb perform for the guests.

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Anoushka Shankar, an Indian composer and sitar player, wears an Indian-inspired blush dress to the reception, which she attended with her husband, director Joe Wright.

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Princess Kate goes full Cinderella for the event in a champagne-colored dress and sparkling shoes.

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The outside of Buckingham Palace celebrated, too: A light projection in the shape of a peacock, India’s national bird, shined on the palace walls.

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