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.
Here’s a photograph BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry chaperoning William and Kate down the red carpet. (© BAFTA/ Stewart Cook)
BAFTA has 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 wore a bespoke lilac gown designed by Alexander McQueen.
We believe the design is based on this lilac Grecian-style gown from the designer’s ready-to-wear collection.
Here’s how Net-A-Porter.com described the dress:
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.
The glitter-finish platform sandals feature double crossover straps on the front. Sadly, the designer no longer produces the sandals, but if you’re looking for something similar, check out this page.
Kate carried a coordinating glittery clutch bag, also by Jimmy Choo. The style name is the “Ubai.” Net-A-Porter sold the same clutch bag in another colour for $385 USD / £110 GBP. The company described it as “the perfect party companion.”
As you can see above, Kate wore a sparkling diamond bracelet to the event. According to royalinsight.net, 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.”
Here’s another look at the bracelet (worn by Kate on another occasion).
Finally, Kate wore a pair of stunning chandelier drop earrings. The earrings were loaned to Kate from the Queen’s private collection.