The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with the stars in London on Thursday evening for the royal premiere of Top Gun: Maverick.
William and Kate arrived at the Odeon Leicester Square for the Royal Film Performance of the movie, which is a sequel to the ’80s classic Top Gun. The Cambridges often attend events related to the film industry, as William has been the President of BAFTA for more than a decade. Royal Film Performances are charity events, raising funds for the Film and Television Charity (formerly known as the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund).
These charity film premieres have been held since the 1940s, and this was the first since 2019. The Cambridges previously attended the Royal Film Performance of Spectre (with Prince Harry) in 2015 and of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in 2013. (William has also attended the event solo in the past.)
The Cambridges spoke with the star of the film, Tom Cruise, who also recently made an appearance as part of the finale of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
They met several other actors from the movie as well, including my fellow St. Louisan, Jon Hamm.
For the premiere, Kate was sleek and elegant in a black and white gown from designer Roland Mouret. The dress featured an off-the-shoulder neckline and a fitted silhouette. (Also, please take note of the fighter planes embroidered on William’s evening slippers!)
With the dress, Kate wore a sparkling new pair of diamond earrings from one of the Middleton family’s favorite jewelry firms, Robinson Pelham. UFO No More identifies these as the Tsar Stud and Drop Earrings, made of gold and set with diamonds.
Here’s another view of Kate wearing the earrings.
And one more close view, just for fun.
The Cambridges were a natural choice for this movie premiere, and not just because Charles and Camilla are currently on a royal tour of Canada. William, of course, is a trained pilot who served with the Royal Air Force, flying helicopters in search-and-rescue missions and later as an air ambulance pilot. And Kate has lots of connections to the flight industry, too. Her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, met while working for British Airlines. Michael’s father, Captain Peter Middleton, was a fighter pilot in World War II. (There’s a great trivia fact here, too. Did you know that, in 1962, Peter Middleton and the Duke of Edinburgh served as co-pilots during a tour of South America?)