Should Duchess Kate wear black to the BAFTAs?

By Gemma Strong

Should the Duchess of Cambridge wear black to the BAFTAs? That’s the question facing the royal as she prepares to attend the ceremony with Prince William. In support of the Time’s Up movement, actresses will don the shade as others did at the Golden Globes, but as part of the royal family Kate is not allowed to make a political statement, which wearing black surely would.


Kate Middleton in an off shoulder black and floral dress
Duchess Kate wore a black Alexander McQueen gown to the 2017 BAFTAs

Kate did wear black to last year's BAFTAs, stealing the show in a patterned off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen gown, featuring a Bardot neckline, fitted bodice and a full skirt with multiple tiers. The royal - due to give birth to her third child in April – is a big fan of the British label, with even her wedding dress designed by McQueen's Sarah Burton.

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The 2018 BAFTAs will be held on Sunday 18 February at the Royal Albert Hall in London. According to Hollywood Reporter, a letter has been circulated urging women to dress in black – with Emma Watson all but confirming the news when she tweeted a link to a story about the campaign, adding: "Get ready BAFTA #TimesUp."

Celebrity women in black in a group shot supporting Time's Up movement
Stars at this year's Golden Globes wore black in support of the Time's Up movement

And while BAFTA hasn't set an official dress code, chairman Jane Lush has already stated that she "wholeheartedly endorsed" the black protest at the Golden Globes. "We too are determined that the brave revelations, and make no mistake, they were very brave, become a watershed moment for a real lasting change across the workforce in film, game and television," she said.

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