Royal star Duchess Kate hosts movie stars at palace

Who needs kleig lights when movie stars and royal stars light up the night at Buckingham Palace?

Queen Elizabeth II and granddaughter-in-law Duchess Kate of Cambridge co-hosted a reception for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts at the palace tonight, bringing together some 250 famous faces to celebrate Britain's film and stage industries.

Kate recycled a particularly successful dress for the occasion, a scarlet Alexander McQueen with a pleated skirt, accessorized with black pumps and clutch and dramatic gold drop earrings. She wore the dress in June 2012 during the queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The party at the palace was notable because Kate and the queen have carried out only a few public engagements together, so the press and public are keen to see how they get on. And, from the looks of things, they get on well.

The eagerly anticipated encounter of the evening was the meeting between the queen and the "other queen," Dame Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar in 2007 for her portrayal of the monarch in The Queen.

Wouldn't we like to know what they said? Indeed, but Mirren, 68, claimed she couldn't remember (which actually is quite common when people meet the queen). "I am genuinely always attracted by her aura, her twinkle," Mirren said, according to the Express.

The paper also reported a little of what Kate said when she talked to Mirren, who was fresh from being presented with a BAFTA award the night before by Prince William.

Mirren told her, "Your husband called me granny last night" and Kate, giggling, replied "I know."

"How delightful she was. Very sweet," Mirren said of the duchess, 32.

The reception was studded with stars: Uma Thurman, Joely Richardson, Joan Collins,Angela Lansbury Roger Moore, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes , Michael Sheen and director Steve McQueen, whose 12 Years a Slave won a best-film BAFTA.

Thurman said she was overwhelmed by meeting the royals, their palace and the British stars.

"It's such a privilege, such an honor," she said. "It's so beautiful. I had to remind myself not to trip because you can be taken in by the beauty of the place."


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