Think the Oscars and a Royal wedding and what do you get? The red carpet of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Gala. The event honoring British talent brought Hollywood royalty face to face with royalty themselves Saturday night!
Prince William and Catherine Middleton, formally known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, attended the black-tie dinner at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate emerging British talent in film, television and video games.
Among those ‘Hollywood royals’ joining the Duke and Duchess to honor the 42 ‘Brits to Watch’ were Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Garner, James Gandolfini and many more that led to a royal red carpet extravaganza like no other!
The Duke is president of BAFTA and addressed the guests during the pre-dinner reception. “As President of BAFTA, I am immensely proud of the success Brits have had in the fiercely competitive world of film, television and video games. Their creative and hi-tech achievements have contributed greatly to our national wealth, not to mention our personal pleasure.
Tonight I celebrate them: but I particularly celebrate the fact that, hard on their heels, comes another wave of enormously talented Brits, whom you have the chance to meet this evening. They deserve equal success and, with your help, will surely achieve it.”
His royal highness also noted in his speech the significance of the combination of British and American strengths, which has been the theme of the couple’s visit to the U.S. “When American and British creative talent gets together, magic happens. Let’s continue the winning formula,” said the Duke. “Catherine and I have been hugely looking forward to tonight’s event with its exciting cast, British and American. I believe great things will result.”
And while great things did result with an evening perfectly fit for ‘royalty’; perhaps those who felt the most honored during the night weren’t the British talent, but instead the cheering fans who were personally greeted by the Duke and Duchess upon their arrival. For Catherine,who wore an Alexander McQueen gown, this was just another sign that she really is well on her way to becoming the new ‘people’s princess’, and that she and the Prince are indeed the faces of the more modern British monarchy.
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