The Duchess of Cambridge may have ignored the wear-all-black memo, but could her black ribbon have been a concession? Kate's outfit, and Prince William's traditional tux, seemed safe choices for the royals, who avoid political statements. Royal family members are also encouraged not to wear black unless they are attending a funeral or Remembrance Day. Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty, stated that if queen Elizabeth II had not given the title of duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, who has one point in common fantastic with Kim Kardashian, she would have been called princess Catherine. However, Kensington Palace refused to comment on the meaning of the belt's colour.
Apart from some brightly clad Cirque du Soleil entertainers, the dress code on the red carpet is black.
As with last month's Golden Globe awards, stars dressed mainly in black in a show of solidarity with the #MeToo and Time's Up anti-sexual harassment campaigns. The stars graced the red carpet in black, and the same can be expected for the upcoming Oscars ceremony in March.
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Kate, who is expecting her third child in April, is attending the British Academy Film Awards with her husband, Prince William, who is president of the United Kingdom movie academy.
William will also be presenting the Fellowship award - the ceremony's highest accolade - to director Ridley Scott. This year's show took place at Royal Albert Hall and drew a range of celebrity attendees.
However, Middleton did wear a black sash with the dress, which some fashion watchers read as Middleton's way of making an acknowledgement without making an overt political statement.