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Kate and Will Stun Crowds at BAFTA Event in LA

In 2011, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent several days in the USA, as part of their North American Tour.  On the third day, the royal couple attended a black-tie event held by BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.

William and Kate attend a BAFTA dinner

William and Kate attend a BAFTA dinner

This was BAFTA’s first annual “Brits to Watch event”.  The Duke and Duchess’ attendance showed support to British creative talent and BAFTA’s year-round work.

Here’s a photograph BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry chaperoning William and Kate down the red carpet.

 © BAFTA/ Stewart Cook

William, Kate and BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry on the red carpet
© BAFTA/ Stewart Cook

BAFTA have a long history with the royal family, in fact, all but one of BAFTA’s presidents in its history have been members of the Royal Family.  HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, was the organisation’s first president in 1959.  Today, Prince William is BAFTA’s president.

Kate’s outfit:

Kate wore a bespoke lilac gown designed by Alexander McQueen.  It is pretty similar to this off-the-peg grecian-style dress by the same designer:

Lilac Alexander McQueen Dress

Lilac Alexander McQueen Dress

Here’s how the off-the-peg dress was described on

Alexander McQueen’s gorgeous Grecian floor length gown will leave you feeling like a modern day Aphrodite. Cinch in the cascading layers with McQueen’s signature fuchsia belt and adorn yourself in gilded extras for a show stopping finish.

Kate’s shoes and handbag at the were both by designer Jimmy Choo.

Duchess Kate's Jimmy Choo accessories

Duchess Kate’s Jimmy Choo accessories

Kate’s wearing the Jimmy Choo Vamp sandals in a “silver glitter finish.”  Today, the company no longer sell this colour – however, they do stock the Vamps in a silver-gold colour called “Champagne.”

Kate Middleton Jimmy Choo Vamp

Kate wearing the Jimmy Choo Vamp (different event pictured)

Jimmy Choo’s Vamp is a staple piece in their collection, they are always updating the style in new colourways:

Kate carried a coordinating Jimmy Choo handbag, the style name is the “Ubai.”

Jimmy Choo Ubai Clutch Bag

Jimmy Choo Ubai Clutch Bag

Net-A-Porter used to stock this clutch bag in a different colour – they say that the Ubai’s compartments are perfect for holding cards and cash, making it the ideal perfect party companion.

As you may have noticed, Kate wore a sparkling diamond bracelet to the event.  According to, the bracelet was a gift:

“The diamond bracelet and matching earrings worn by Her Royal Highness to the reception was a gift from The Prince of Wales following her marriage to Prince William in April 2011.”

Currently, we know very little about the piece, and sadly, we do not know who designed it.

Finally, Kate wore a pair of stunning chandelier drop earrings. As Anna from My Small Obsessions confirms (below) the earrings were loaned to Kate from The Queen’s collection.

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  1. Wow! You are so fast with this! I can’t find a picture anywhere else but here of the Bafta dress yet!
    The dress is stunning.


  1. […] the glitz and glamour of last night’s BAFTA celebration, Kate and William visited the Inner-City Arts Project in downtown Los Angeles today.  The project […]

  2. […] also said that Kate re-wore her silver Jimmy Choo shoes and silver/diamond bracelet from the BAFTA engagement she attended in L.A.  Thank you to Anna […]

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