It is the first official engagement for the Cambridges for 2012. And it was the Kate’s last night in her 20s, too. So what did she do? She joined her husband to their first film premiere as a married couple — War Horse by director Steven Spielberg.
Royal-watchers might recall the couple watching the award-winning play on a date night back in December 2009. Now turned into a film, the star-studded premiere was a fundraiser for The Foundation of Prince William & Prince Harry. Hundreds of military personnel were also invited to the event. Ironically, it started pouring moments before William & Kate walked the red carpet, prompting them to share single transparent umbrella under the rain. The Duchess once again wowed in black lace by Alice Temperley.
After the movie, there was a private reception at Buckingham Palace with William, Kate, cast members and other notables. The price for mingling with royalty? £10,000 — for charity and the princes’ foundation, of course.
The next day, director Steven Spielberg said in an interview with BBC that Kate teared up during the movie (his wife had to pass her some Kleenex). It tells a story of a boy and his deep love for his horse Joey (who by the way, also walked the red carpet during the premiere) set against the backdrop of World War I. No word on William’s reaction on the heart-tugging film.
The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her milestone 30th birthday privately. It was reportedly a low-key dinner with William, family and close friends in the grounds of Kensington Palace near their London cottage. None of those Pippa-and-Harry planned karaoke party stories turned out to be true.
From CBS about Kate’s year + interview with Victoria Aribiter:
- CNN’s report by Max Foster
- Robert Jobson on Sunrise Australia about War Horse, Kate’s birthday
- Steven Spielberg interview (talks about Kate tearing up starting 6:00)
- Chivalrous Prince William shields his Duchess from the rain at War Horse premiere
- Duchess of Cambridge wins fashion stakes at War Horse premiere
- Prince William’s speech after the movie
- Steven Spielberg honoured to meet the royals
- Duchess of Cambridge moved to tears by War Horse
- What Kate Wore: Alice Temperley black lace
- Kate enjoyed quiet 30th birthday dinner with William, family & close friends
- William, Harry & Kate Sneak Into Sherlock Holmes Premiere
- Fergie & Daughters Attend ‘Young Victoria’ Premiere
- Kate Middleton at “Tenacity on the Tasman” Premiere & After Party
- Chelsy Davy Back in the UK
- Royal News for Tuesday, January 8, 2013