Prince William, who is the president of BAFTA, will present the Fellowship award to film editor Thelma Schoonmaker
Mum and Pops‘ royal night out!
For the event, Kate, 37, wore a white asymmetrical Alexander McQueen dress with floral embellishments on her left shoulder. She paired the elegant gown with a white clutch, a diamond bracelet and a pair of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana’s pearl and silver earrings. Diana wore the earrings in 1995 while accepting the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the United Celebral Palsy Foundation.
William, 36, opted for a simple black tuxedo with a white pocket square.
The royal couple planned to meet BAFTA representatives and watch the ceremony. William, who is the president of BAFTA, was also set to present the Fellowship award to film editor Thelma Schoonmaker. The award is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television.
Kate made headlines last year for her dress choice for the annual BAFTAs. The royal, who was seven months pregnant with Prince Louis at the time, was criticized for walking the red carpet in a deep green gown with a black sash after attendees were encouraged to wear all black in support of the Time’s Up movement.
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The royal family tends to stay away from anything political — they don’t even vote. Although Time’s Up fight to end the harassment, assault and mistreatment of women in the workplace is not aligned with any political party, it’s still more of a public stand than the royals typically take on hot-button issues.
At the 2017 dress code-free BAFTAs, Kate wore a black patterned off-the-shoulder gown by Alexander McQueen, her wedding dress designer!
Aside from Kate and William’s attendance, this year’s BAFTAs have another royal connection. The Favourite, which tells the true story of two cousins vying to be the court favorite during the reign of Queen Anne in 18th century England, beat out the rest of the competition with a commanding 12 nominations.
Olivia Colman, who will star as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown‘s third and fourth seasons, picked up yet another leading actress nomination after winning the Golden Globe, while Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz were both named in the supporting actress category. The movie was also nominated in the best film, outstanding British film, director for Yorgos Lanthimos, costume design, make up & hair, cinematography, editing, original screenplay and production design.