The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have attended the glittering world premiere of the new James Bond film No Time To Die this evening.
In a rare joint engagement, Charles, 72, Camilla, 74, William and Kate, both 39, all stepped out on to the red carpet to meet 007 star Daniel Craig and other cast members including Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux and Lashana Lynch at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Mother-of-three Kate dazzled at the event in a custom Jenny Packham embellished gown – which is usually priced at £2,800. Featuring cape sleeve detailing and structured shoulders, she teamed her dress with bespoke £290 Onitaa earrings – which were made in Pakistan by the South Asian luxury couture label.
Kate outshone even the stars in the form-fitting frock, created to look like liquid metal, from one of her favoured British fashion designers, teamed with Aquazzura £555 leather pumps for the long-awaited premiere.
The royal foursome were introduced to screenwriters Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and singer Billie Eilish and her musician brother Finneas O’Connell, who co-wrote the new Bond theme song.
A number of healthcare workers and members of the armed forces joined the royals in the auditorium to watch the film as a thank you for their work during the Covid pandemic.
What an entrance! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured together) and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have attended the glittering world premiere of the new James Bond film No Time To Die this evening
Stunning! Kate commanded attention in a shimmering custom gown by favoured British fashion designer Jenny Packham, which featured dazzling golden embellishments, cape sleeves and structured shoulders
Double date night! The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales stand together when at the event
The highly anticipated No Time To Die is the 25th Bond film and fifth and final movie featuring Craig as 007. It faced more than a year of delays due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but is being released in UK cinemas on Thursday.
Looking effortlessly elegant, Kate’s dress had a bespoke 1970s-style cape attached and the royal beauty completed the look with gold earrings and shoes, with her hair coiled on top of her head.
Amid screams of excitement, Kate, along with her husband, William, and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, walked up the red carpet outside London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Both Charles and his son were suave in black tie, while Camilla also looked elegant in a pale blue chiffon dress with silver embroidery by Bruce Oldfield. She teamed her dress with £149 Sole Bliss Carmen mid-heel court shoes in silver leather.
Among the cast members waiting to greet the royal party were, of course, Craig, as well as villain Rami Malek and female leads Léa Seydoux and Lashana Lynch. They also met producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and director Cary Joji Fukunaga
Craig was Bond-like in his charm when he met Kate. ‘You look jolly lovely!’ he said. Meanwhile, Miss Waller-Bridge remarked ‘wow!’ when the duchess walked to the line up to her.
Sharing a laugh! Kate Middleton chats with 007 star Daniel Craig when attending the world premiere of the new James Bond film No Time To Die this evening
Two dapper gentleman together! Prince William was all smiles as he met the 007 actor at the glittering premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London
Greetings! Prince Charles and British actor Daniel shared a hand shake when meeting one another at this evening’s outing
Chatting with one another: The Duchess of Cornwall appeared in deep concentration as she talked with the leading star of the No Time To Die film
Mother-of-three Kate (pictured with Prince William) dazzled at the event in a custom Jenny Packham embellished Margot gown – which is usually priced at £2,800 – and featured cape sleeve detailing and structured shoulders
The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in statement bespoke £290 Onitaa earrings – which were made in Pakistan by the South Asian luxury couture label, which also design bridal wear and other jewellery
How sweet! The Prince of Wales tenderly kissed his daughter-in-law on the cheek when greeting her at the outing this evening
The Duke of Cambridge kisses the Duchess of Cornwall’s cheek, while Charles shares a kiss on the cheek with Kate
Stopping briefly for a photo call on the steps of the historic entertainment venue, the royal party headed inside for the first royal premiere line-up in almost two years – although there was precious little in the way of handshakes.
William and Kate had arrived first, driven down the red carpet in a fleet of Range Rovers past one of the famous Aston Martin cars from the film, waved on by a packed crowd outside the historic venue.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall turned up shortly afterwards, again driven partially down the red carpet in a state Bentley before being taken inside to meet the actors.
Royal sources said the outing of Charles, Camilla, William and Kate could herald a ‘new era’ of collaboration and solidarity between the future king and his eldest son.
The world premiere will benefit charities supporting serving and former members of the three intelligence agencies – the Secret Intelligence Service, the Security Service and GCHQ – as well as charities supporting past and present members of the UK Special Forces.
Radiant: Kate stunned in a golden sequin evening gown with a matching cape for the star-studded London-based event
The highly anticipated No Time To Die is the 25th Bond film and fifth and final movie featuring Craig as 007. It faced more than a year of delays due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but is being released in UK cinemas on Thursday. Pictured, William and Kate at the premiere
A megawatt smile! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were beaming as they chatted with other guests at the star-studded occasion
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) arrive at the glittering world premiere of the new Bond film No Time To Die
The outing of Charles, Camilla, William and Kate (pictured) is likely to be seen as a sign of collaboration and solidarity between the future king and his eldest son
Royal blue! The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured with the Prince of Wales) proved her elegance in a stunning embellished gown with a billowing, flared hem with see-through sleeves
All smiles! The royal couples looked in great spirits as they arrived at the red carpet event in London, at the Royal Albert Hall
Heir to the throne Charles is patron of the British Film Institute, while his son William is president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta).
William and Kate attended the star-studded world premiere for the last Bond film, Spectre, in 2015, and were joined by Prince Harry. Charles and Camilla attended the world premiere of the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, in 2012.
The outing of Charles, Camilla, William and Kate is likely to be seen as a sign of collaboration and solidarity between the future king and his eldest son.
No Time To Die takes place after Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, from the CIA turns up asking for help.
A mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading to a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
The Duchess of Cambridge laughs as she meets other guests at the No Time To Die world premiere at Royal Albert Hall
The world premiere will benefit charities supporting serving and former members of the three intelligence agencies – the Secret Intelligence Service, the Security Service and GCHQ – as well as charities supporting past and present members of the UK Special Forces. Pictured, Kate meeting the stars of the movie
Looking good! The Duchess of Cambridge appeared just as impressed with Daniel Craig’s pink suit as he was with her show-stopping gown
A jolly good chat: Daniel was photographed conversing with Prince Charles as Bond stars chatted with royal family members
Chatting away: Lashana Lynch and Kate also appeared deep in conversation with the former putting on an animated display
Shaking hands: Prince William and Cuban star Ana de Armas shook hands at the star-studded event at the Royal Albert Hall
Next up, the Prince of Wales: After chatting to his son, Ana struck up conversation with heir to the throne Prince Charles
Something funny? Performers Finneas and Billie Eilish were seen smiling as they chatted to doting father-of-three William
A smiling Duchess of Cambridge is presented with a gorgeous bouquet of pink flowers by a group of children at the premiere
Heir to the throne Charles is patron of the British Film Institute, while his son William (pictured with Kate) is president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta)
Meeting the stars! The Duchess of Cambridge meets No Time To Die performers Finneas and Billie Eilish at the glamorous occasion
Performers Finneas and Billie Eilish are all smiles as they meet the Prince of Wales at the lavish event this evening in London
A number of Bond premieres have taken place at the Royal Albert Hall, including 2015’s Spectre where William and Kate and the Duke of Sussex were in attendance. Pictured, Kate at the event
A number of Bond premieres have taken place at the Royal Albert Hall, including 2015’s Spectre where William and Kate and the Duke of Sussex were in attendance.
Stars Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch led the glamour in breathtaking evening gowns as they joined leading man Daniel Craig, who was dapper in a pink dinner jacket, at the Royal Albert Hall.
Despite the wet weather, the stars were still dressed to the nines in showstopping frocks, with Lashana standing out in a vibrant yellow Vivienne Westwood Couture ballgown with a voluminous black skirt and dramatic asymmetric neckline.
It was almost exactly the same shade as red carpet host Clara Amfo’s strapless cocktail dress, which featured figure-flattering ruching, draped off-the-shoulder sleeves and a flirty calf-length hemline.
Elsewhere Naomie opted for a sleek white column evening dress with cut-out detailing on the bodice and delicate shoestring straps. Typically sophisticated, she kept accessories to a minimum but did add a beaded strand to her hair.
… And the misses: One of the fashion misses of the night was reality TV star Kimberley Garner, left, who flashed her underwear in an attention-grabbing white gown with a dramatic side slit. Right, Billie Eilish, who wrote the No Time To Die theme song, eschewed a glamorous evening dress for a boxy black suit in a shimmering black fabric with matching shirt
Bright and beautiful! Lashana Lynch stood out in a vibrant yellow Vivienne Westwood Couture ballgown with a voluminous black skirt and dramatic asymmetric neckline. She struck a pose as she walked the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall
Leading man: Dapper Daniel Craig opted for a deep pink dinner jacket with dress trousers for the premiere. Right, No Time To Die star Lea Seydoux channelled old Hollywood glamour in a silver and white gown complete with shimmering cape
One of the fashion misses of the night was reality TV star Kimberly Gardner, who flashed her underwear in an attention-grabbing white gown with a dramatic side slit. The cut of the dress revealed the entirety of her leg – and a glimpse of what she was wearing underneath – as she walked the red carpet.
Meanwhile Billie Eilish, who wrote the No Time To Die theme song, eschewed a glamorous evening dress for a boxy black suit in a shimmering black fabric with matching shirt, which she wore with Gucci platform slides. The oversized, baggy shape did little to accentuate her figure.
Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas stepped out in a slinky black satin evening gown with a plunging neckline and thigh slit that revealed most of her leg. The dress featured chunky chain effect straps that brought a touch of edge to the otherwise refined ensemble.
The actress, who previously dated Ben Affleck, wore her brunette locks in a long bob with a trendy blunt fringe.
No Time To Die star Lea Seydoux channelled old Hollywood glamour in a silver and white gown complete with shimmering cape.
Epitome of elegance: Dame Judi Dench proved less really is more in a sweeping black ensemble of a top, trousers and flowing long shawl with embellishment. Right, Phoebe Waller-Bridge played with contrast in a black disco jumpsuit and cream coat
Power couples: Christian and Geri opted for classic black and white. Right, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson
The dress featured a cut-out neckline, cinched at the waist and spilled out into a full skirt. The French actress wore her hair in a short, sleek crop that was swept to the side. The bright colours and monochrome looks were a perfect counterpoint to Daniel Craig’s dark pink dinner jacket.
Ahead of the red carpet event, fans gathered at the Royal Albert Hall to catch a glimpse of James Bond’s Astin Martin as it made its way to the red carpet.
Crew members brought the luxury vehicle to the venue in a truck where it was rolled out hours before the star-studded event began. The car had bullet holes in the glass and scratches across the sides following Bond’s adventures.
It has been a long road to the premiere after the film’s release was delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, was originally scheduled for release in April 2020, but was pushed back to November before the release was changed once again to April 2021 in light of the coronavirus pandemic.