Kate Middleton dazzles as she joins Prince William at Top Gun: Maverick premiere


The Duchess of Cambridge channelled her inner Hollywood starlet as she joined Prince William at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere in London on Thursday night.

Kate, 40, looked radiant in an off-the-shoulder Roland Mouret gown and sparkling diamond earrings as she made her glamorous entrance on the red carpet.

Meanwhile Prince William, 39, demonstrated his sartorial flair in a midnight blue velvet dinner jacket, tuxedo trousers and velvet slippers embroidered with airplanes in a node to the film.

The couple joined leading man Tom Cruise and his co-stars Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller as A-listers and British TV royalty descended on London’s Leicester Square for the glitzy gala showing.

At one point Cruise, 59, reached out and took Kate’s hand as she navigated a set of stairs in her point toe black pumps.

The Duchess of Cambridge was the picture of glamour in a black and white Roland Mouret gown for the premiere

Tom Cruise reached out to give the Duchess of Cambridge a hand as she made her way up the stairs to the cinema

Tom Cruise reached out to give the Duchess of Cambridge a hand as she made her way up the stairs to the cinema

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared to be getting on famously with Tom Cruise as they chatted on the red carpet

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared to be getting on famously with Tom Cruise as they chatted on the red carpet

Allow me, Kate! Tom Cruise was on hand to help the Duchess of Cambridge as she walked the red carpet at the premiere

Allow me, Kate! Tom Cruise was on hand to help the Duchess of Cambridge as she walked the red carpet at the premiere 

The Hollywood A-lister stepped in to help the Duchess as they made their way into the glitzy gala screening of Top Gun

The Hollywood A-lister stepped in to help the Duchess as they made their way into the glitzy gala screening of Top Gun

The Duchess of Cambridge added a touch of sparkle to her look with a pair of flittering star earrings

Kate Middleton at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere

The Duchess of Cambridge added a touch of sparkle to her look with a pair of flittering star earrings 

Tom Cruise introduced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to his co-stars including Jon Hamm, pictured shaking Kate's hand

Tom Cruise introduced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to his co-stars including Jon Hamm, pictured shaking Kate’s hand

The Duchess of Cambridge looked chic in a monochrome designer dress, which she wore with classic black accessories

Prince William and Kate Middleton arriving at the premiere

The Duchess of Cambridge looked chic in a monochrome designer dress, which she wore with classic black accessories

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to Top Gun: Maverick stars Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly ahead of the film

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to Top Gun: Maverick stars Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly ahead of the film 

Fast friends! The Duchess of Cambridge shared a joke with Cruise as they chatted on the red carpet ahead of the premiere

Kate and Tom Cruise on the red carpet

Fast friends! The Duchess of Cambridge shared a joke with Cruise as they chatted on the red carpet ahead of the premiere

The A-lister, who took part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations last weekend, introduced the royal couple to his co-stars Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Miles Teller.

Ahead of the premiere, Cruise, 59, said he and the Duke of Cambridge ‘have a lot in common’ as he spoke of his admiration for the royal. 

‘We have a lot in common. We both love England and we’re both aviators, we both love flying,’ he said. 

The actor also expressed his joy to be back on the red carpet, saying: ‘I love what I do, I’ve always enjoyed it and I’m enjoying it even more now. ‘Particularly after the last couple of years, just to have an event like this is extraordinary.’ 

The Duchess of Cambridge flashed a winning smile at Tom Cruise as he introduced the royals to his Top Gun co-stars

The Duchess of Cambridge flashed a winning smile at Tom Cruise as he introduced the royals to his Top Gun co-stars

Jon Hamm, best known as the star of Mad Men, bowed his head as he shook the Duchess of Cambridge's  hand

Jon Hamm, best known as the star of Mad Men, bowed his head as he shook the Duchess of Cambridge’s  hand

Tom Cruise appeared in control of the situation as he chatted to the Duke and Duchess and producer Jerry Bruckheimer

Tom Cruise appeared in control of the situation as he chatted to the Duke and Duchess and producer Jerry Bruckheimer

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outshone the Top Gun: Maverick stars as they arrived for the premiere on Thursday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outshone the Top Gun: Maverick stars as they arrived for the premiere on Thursday 

The event is being held as a fundraising event in aid of The Film and TV Charity, which supports people working behind the scenes in the UK’s screen sector.

Maverick, which has so far received rave reviews from critics, sees Hollywood star Cruise reprise the role of US naval aviator Pete Mitchell and is being released 36 years after the 1986 original.

Other stars include Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro, Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm and Glen Powell. It was originally due for release in July 2019 but was repeatedly pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, Cruise made a dramatic entrance at the US premiere of the film, landing a helicopter on an aircraft carrier in San Diego, California.

Prince William cut a dapper figure in a blue velvet evening jacket, tuxedo trousers and playful airplane slippers

Prince William cut a dapper figure in a blue velvet evening jacket, tuxedo trousers and playful airplane slippers

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to A-lister Tom Cruise ahead of the premiere of his latest film

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to A-lister Tom Cruise ahead of the premiere of his latest film

Prince William looked sharp in a classic tuxedo as he joined the Duchess of Cambridge and Tom Cruise at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere this evening

Prince William looked sharp in a classic tuxedo as he joined the Duchess of Cambridge and Tom Cruise at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere this evening 

The Duke of Cambridge wore a pair of black loafers decorated with a small plane, reminiscent of the fighter aircraft used in the original 1986 action movie

The Duke of Cambridge wore a pair of black loafers decorated with a small plane, reminiscent of the fighter aircraft used in the original 1986 action movie 

The Duchess of Cambridge channelled her inner Hollywood starlet as she joined Prince William on the red carpet at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere in London on Thursday night

The Duchess of Cambridge channelled her inner Hollywood starlet as she joined Prince William on the red carpet at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere in London on Thursday night

Kate, 40, looked radiant in an off-the-shoulder gown and sparkling diamond earrings as she made her glamorous entrance

Kate, 40, looked radiant in an off-the-shoulder gown and sparkling diamond earrings as she made her glamorous entrance

The film shown was A Matter Of Life And Death starring David Niven.

The most recent performance featured a screening of First World War epic 1917, directed by Sir Sam Mendes, and took place in 2019 at the Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in attendance.

Paramount Pictures will release Top Gun: Maverick in the UK and Ireland on May 27.

Stars of the show: Top Gun: Maverick stars (left-right) Miles Teller, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm

Stars of the show: Top Gun: Maverick stars (left-right) Miles Teller, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm

Pumped! Ahead of the premiere, Cruise, 59, said he and the Duke of Cambridge 'have a lot in common' as he spoke of his admiration for the royal

Tom Cruise at the Top Gun premiere

Pumped! Ahead of the premiere, Cruise, 59, said he and the Duke of Cambridge ‘have a lot in common’ as he spoke of his admiration for the royal

Power couple: Co-stars Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly struck a pose together as they arrived on the red carpet

Power couple: Co-stars Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly struck a pose together as they arrived on the red carpet

Isn't she lovely? The actress donned a waist-cinching black belt and added a touch of bling to her stylish look with silver rings

Jennifer Connelly at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere

Isn’t she lovely? The actress donned a waist-cinching black belt and added a touch of bling to her stylish look with silver rings

Happy to be here! Cruise, pictured, says he has an even greater love for his job after years off due to the pandemic

Happy to be here! Cruise, pictured, says he has an even greater love for his job after years off due to the pandemic

Hollywood stars! Jennifer Connelly cut an elegant figure in a flowing gown

Jon Hamm was dapper in black tie

Hollywood stars! Jennifer Connelly cut an elegant figure in a flowing gown while Jon Hamm was dapper in black tie

Pretty in pink! Maverick: Top Gun star Miles Teller arrived with his wife Keleigh Sperry who wore a rose pink gown

Pretty in pink! Maverick: Top Gun star Miles Teller arrived with his wife Keleigh Sperry who wore a rose pink gown

On Sunday he attended an event celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Windsor. Last night he was in Cannes to promote the film at the annual Film Festival. 

Tonight marks the 76th Royal Film Performance.  

Initially called the Royal Command Film Performance, the first Royal Film Performance took place at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square in 1946 and was attended by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

Getting into the theme! Carol Vorderman donned a flight suit-inspired jumpsuit as she joined stars at the premiere

Carol Vorderman

Getting into the theme! Carol Vorderman donned a flight suit-inspired jumpsuit as she joined stars at the premiere

There he is! Tom Cruise once again cut a suave figure on Thursday as he attended the star-studded London premiere of his latest film Top Gun: Maverick, held at Leicester Square Gardens

Power couples: Anton Du Beke and his wife Hannah Summers

HRVY with Mimi Slinger

Power couples: Anton Du Beke and his wife Hannah Summers (left) and HRVY with Mimi Slinger 

Impressive: The sequel to Tony Scott's classic 1986 blockbuster Top Gun has been unanimously praised in early reviews with one even declaring that it 'improves upon the original in every conceivable way' (Tom Cruise pictured in character)

Impressive: The sequel to Tony Scott’s classic 1986 blockbuster Top Gun has been unanimously praised in early reviews with one even declaring that it ‘improves upon the original in every conceivable way’ (Tom Cruise pictured in character)



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