The Duchess of Cambridge risked a backlash last night as she broke ranks with actresses and chose not to wear black at the Bafta awards.
Pregnant Kate, 36, wore a dark forest green gown by British designer Jenny Packham following weeks of speculation over whether she would wear black in a public show of support for Hollywood's stance against sexual harassment.
Almost every actress on the red carpet wore black, including A-listers Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbie, making the Duchess' choice all the more striking.
Tradition dictates that the Royal Family avoids anything that could be construed as a political statement, but there had been speculation Kate could wear a patterned black gown to demonstrate she backed the Time's Up movement, but also respected royal protocol.
Kate wore an empire line dress in a deep shade of green, which was complemented by a dazzling emerald necklace and earrings. Perhaps in a subtle nod to the movement, she accessorised with a black bow above her bump, matching her shoes and clutch handbag.
Bucking the trend: The Duchess of Cambridge chose not to wear black at last night's Bafta awards at the Royal Albert Hall
Traditional: Kate's black accessories, including her shoes, bag and ribbon, were a subtle nod in London to the movement
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The BAFTA awards in London drew a who's who of A-listers to the red carpet, but perhaps the most anticipated guest was Kate Middleton.
The Duchess of Cambridge eschewed the evening's dress code (wearing black to support the Time's Up movement) when she wore this emerald green gown, but when you're a royal you make your own rules.
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Kensington Palace refused to comment on whether her black sash and bag were intended as a nod to the movement against gender inequality and sexual harassment, which has gained widespread support since the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal.
Some women turned to Twitter to voice disappointment that Kate had not worn black. Nikki Long wrote: 'Disappointed in Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge not wearing black to the Baftas. It's not a political thing. It's a woman thing!'
Journalist Rachel McGrath tweeted: 'I know the Royals aren't supposed to get involved with 'protests' or anything … but would it really have been THAT bad for Kate Middleton to wear black??? I feel properly let down (didn't know I cared this much).'
And a Meghan and Harry fanpage wrote: 'How does Kate not feel any shame sitting right at the front with a green dress while every other woman is wearing black.
'Honestly, she should have stayed her a** at home if she wasn't even going to show her support for women.'
Anothers questioned why some royals were able to make political statements while others felt they couldn't.
A Twitter user said: 'If her mother-in-law, The Duchess of Cornwall, can stand against sexual harassment openly and make a topic of it, then Kate can wear a black dress easily without raising any questions.'
But not everyone had it in for the Duchess. One user going under the name of Stephie McStephface wrote: 'I think the Duchess of Cambridge's dress is a smart move. Not black, so in line with protocol, but dark enough to be a nod of support.'
Green goddess: She wore an emerald dress to set off the garment, but a black ribbon showed her support for the movement
Expecting her third: Kate is expecting her third child in April, and displayed her bump below an empire line
Bucking the trend: The Duchess of Cambridge was the centre of attention, as she walked the red carpet
Turning out: The Duke of Cambridge has been a president of Bafta since 2010
Bump in the night: Seen outside London's Royal Albert Hall, Kate was coping with a chill in the air
Another turned on those protesting, saying: 'Feminists show their true colours by bullying the Duchess of Cambridge because she chose not to get into politics and not wear black. This has gone too far.'
And another Twitter user called Sue wrote: 'Anyone commenting on the Duchess of Cambridge's dress choice needs to remember what the issue is and it's not fashion or colour choice. Grow up.'
In an open letter published yesterday before the awards, almost 200 British and Irish stars backed a new fund to help women facing sexual harassment and abuse at work.
It echoes a similar initiative launched in Hollywood last month, and was kick-started with a £1 million ($1.4 million) donation from actress and activist Emma Watson.
It was the most openly political Bafta night in its history, with all the female nominees urged to follow the example of last month's Golden Globes awards and wear all-black.
All eyes on the Duchess: Kate's outfit was a subtle nod to the movement, as in some lights her gown was as dark as black
Handsome couple: Beside her, the Duke looked sharp in a black tuxedo, worn with velvet slippers
Old Hollywood glamour: (From left) Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbie led the black glamour - standing in solidarity with the Time's Up movement - last night
Standing in solidarity: The actresses wore black in solidarity with the Time's Up movement, in reaction to the sexual harassment scandal sweeping Hollywood. It marked the first major awards show where the protest was put into place
Stunning: Margot also stepped out in style, wearing a sleeveless, high-neckline dress, which featured an embroidered skirt
Several actresses brought feminist activists as their guests, including prominent gay rights campaigners, trades unionists and two women who were involved in the equal pay protests at Dagenham in the 1960s.
A group of female protesters wearing 'Time's Up Theresa' T-shirts invaded the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall in London, chanting: 'Sisters, united, we'll never be defeated.'
The feminist group Sisters Uncut said it was behind the protest to call on Prime Minister Theresa May to halt cuts to domestic violence services, and to protest against the Government's Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.
Many male attendees wore 'Time's Up' lapel badges and the awards event was hosted by Joanna Lumley - its first female host since 2001, when Mariella Frostrup co-hosted with Stephen Fry.
Absolutely Fabulous star Miss Lumley, 71, hailed the Time's Up movement as a continuation of the 'dogged determination' of the suffragettes 100 years earlier.The winners of the EE British Academy Film Awards 2018
WINNER: BEST FILM
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh
Winner: Best Film: (L to R) Peter Czernin, Martin McDonagh and Graham Broadbent, for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
CALL ME YOUR NAME
THE SHAPE OF WATER
WINNER: OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin
Winner: Outstanding British Film: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
DARKEST HOUR Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Lisa Bruce, Eric Fellner, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski
THE DEATH OF STALIN Armando Iannucci, Kevin Loader, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou, Ian Martin, David Schneider
GOD’S OWN COUNTRY Francis Lee, Manon Ardisson, Jack Tarling
LADY MACBETH William Oldroyd, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, Alice Birch
PADDINGTON 2 Paul King, David Heyman, Simon Farnaby
WINNER: LEADING ACTRESS
Frances McDormand, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Winner: Leading Actress: Frances McDormand (right) came top
ANNETTE BENING Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
MARGOT ROBBIE I, Tonya
SALLY HAWKINS The Shape Of Water
SAOIRSE RONAN Lady Bird
WINNER: LEADING ACTOR:
Gary Oldman, DARKEST HOUR
Winner: Leading Actor: Gary Oldman picked up a gong
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS Daniel Day-Lewis Phantom Thread
DANIEL KALUUYA Get Out
JAMIE BELL Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET Call Me By Your Name
WINNER: SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
BLADE RUNNER 2049 Gerd Nefzer, John Nelson
Winner: Special Visual Effects went to Blade Runner 2049
DUNKIRK Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson
THE SHAPE OF WATER Dennis Berardi, Trey Harrell, Kevin Scott
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Nominees TBC
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Nominees TBC
WINNER: OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
I AM NOT A WITCH
Winner: Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer - I Am Not A Witch
KINGDOM OF US
WINNER: PRODUCTION DESIGN
THE SHAPE OF WATER, Paul Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, Shane Vieau
Winner: Production Design - The Shape Of Water
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
BLADE RUNNER 2049 Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
DARKEST HOUR Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
DUNKIRK Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
WINNER: ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, James Ivory
Winner: Adapted Screenplay, Call Me By Your Name, James Ivory
THE DEATH OF STALIN Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, David Schneider
FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL Matt Greenhalgh
MOLLY’S GAME Aaron Sorkin
PADDINGTON 2 Simon Farnaby, Paul King
WINNER: FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
THE HANDMAIDEN, Park Chan-wook, Syd Lim
Winner: Film Not In The English Language: The Handmaiden - Park Chan-wook, Syd Lim
FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER
WINNER: BRITISH SHORT FILM
COWBOY DAVE, Colin O’Toole, Jonas Mortensen
Winner: British Short Film - Cowboy Dave, Colin O’Toole, Jonas Mortensen
AAMIR Vika Evdokimenko, Emma Stone, Oliver Shuster
A DROWNING MAN Mahdi Fleifel, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Patrick Campbell
WORK Aneil Karia, Scott O’Donnell
WREN BOYS Harry Lighton, Sorcha Bacon, John Fitzpatrick
WINNER: BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
POLES APART, Paloma Baeza, Ser En Low
Winner: British Short Animation: Poles Apart
HAVE HEART Will Anderson
MAMOON Ben Steer
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, Raoul Peck
Winner: Documentary: I Am Not Your Negro
CITY OF GHOSTS
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL
BABY DRIVER, Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
Winner: Editing - Baby Driver, Jonathan Amos, (pictured) and Paul Machliss
BLADE RUNNER 2049 Joe Walker
DUNKIRK Lee Smith
THE SHAPE OF WATER Sidney Wolinsky
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Jon Gregory
WINNER: ANIMATED FILM
COCO, Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
Winner: Animated Film: Coco
MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE
WINNER: Costume Design
PHANTOM THREAD, Mark Bridges
Winner: Costume Design: Phantom Thread
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Jacqueline Durran
DARKEST HOUR Jacqueline Durran
I, TONYA Jennifer Johnson
THE SHAPE OF WATER Luis Sequeira
WINNER: MAKEUP & HAIR
DARKEST HOUR David Malinowski, Ivana Primorac, Lucy Sibbick, Kazuhiro Tsuji
Winner: MakeUp and Hair: DARKEST HOUR David Malinowski, Ivana Primorac, Lucy Sibbick, Kazuhiro Tsuji
BLADE RUNNER 2049 Donald Mowat, Kerry Warn
I, TONYA Deborah La Mia Denaver, Adruitha Lee
VICTORIA & ABDUL Daniel Phillips
WONDER Naomi Bakstad, Robert A. Pandini, Arjen Tuiten
WINNER: ORIGINAL MUSIC
THE SHAPE OF WATER Alexandre Desplat
Winner: Original Music: The Shape Of Water
BLADE RUNNER 2049 Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer
DARKEST HOUR Dario Marianelli
DUNKIRK Hans Zimmer
PHANTOM THREAD Jonny Greenwood
WINNER: EE RISING STAR AWARD
Winner: EE Rising Star Award - Daniel Kaluuya
DUNKIRK Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten
Winner: Sound: Dunkirk's Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten
BABY DRIVER Tim Cavagin, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater
BLADE RUNNER 2049 Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mark Mangini, Mac Ruth
THE SHAPE OF WATER Christian Cooke, Glen Gauthier, Nathan Robitaille, Brad Zoern
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood
Guillermo del Toro, THE SHAPE OF WATER
Winner: Director: Guillermo del Toro - The Shape Of Water
BLADE RUNNER 2049 Denis Villeneuve
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Luca Guadagnino
DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Martin McDonagh
WINNER: SUPPORTING ACTRESS
ALLISON JANNEY I, Tonya
Winner: Supporting Actress: Allison Janney for I, Tanya
KRISTEN SCOTT THOMAS Darkest Hour
LAURIE METCALF Lady Bird
LESLEY MANVILLE Phantom Thread
OCTAVIA SPENCER The Shape Of Water
WINNER: SUPPORTING ACTOR
SAM ROCKWELL, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Winner: Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER All the Money in the World
HUGH GRANT Paddington 2
WILLEM DEFOE Florida Project
WOODY HARRELSON 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
BLADE RUNNER 2049, Roger Deakins
Winner: Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049
DARKEST HOUR Bruno Delbonnel
DUNKIRK Hoyte van Hoytema
THE SHAPE OF WATER Dan Laustsen
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Ben Davis
WINNER: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Martin McDonagh
Winner: Original Screenplay - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
GET OUT Jordan Peele
I, TONYA Steven Rogers
LADY BIRD Greta Gerwig
THE SHAPE OF WATER Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
She praised the 'determination to eradicate the abuse of women the world over' as she took to the stage.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted as they arrived by Bafta chief executive Amanda Berry. William has been president of the British Academy of Film and Television since 2010.
Kate's flowing chiffon gown was teamed with a large emerald and diamond necklace and earrings.
Bafta itself did not request attendees to wear black but a letter was circulated ahead of the awards night, which claimed to be from 'a collective of UK based female film and television industry leaders'.
It said: 'Inspired by the Time's Up movement in the US, we are working to continue the incredible movement this side of the Atlantic.
Glossy: Kate's hair was worn in loose waves around her shoulders, with a natural shine to her hair
Making an entrance: All eyes were on the royal when she made her red carpet entrance
Glittering: The Duchess was glittering with a bright necklace, matching earrings and a chunky bracelet
Bumping along: The brunette seemed to be coping with her third pregnancy with poise
Making their ascent: From behind, she displayed a neat velvet black bow
'With Bafta being the first major film awards ceremony in Europe this year, we feel it is important to make a statement to show global solidarity and that the issue is not being forgotten, and to join hands with people across all industries who have experienced inequality and abuse.'
Last year, more than 80 women in the entertainment industry came forward to accuse Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault and rape.
The claims prompted the 'Me Too' movement, in which women shared their experiences of harassment and abuse in an attempt to encourage others to speak out.
In January, the Time's Up movement launched a legal fund to help those who had suffered abuse or harassment in any industry.
Commanding attention: The stunning actress commanded attention as she posed in the centre of the star-studded red carpet
A group of female protesters (pictured) wearing 'Time's Up' T-shirts invaded the red carpet at the Baftas ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London
The woman were dressed completely in black with a 'Time's Up' message on their T-shirts
Bucking the trend: Along with Kate, there were other red carpet stars who decided against the black dress code
Metal marvel: Presenter Victoria Bonya veered away from the black dress code, adding a metallic feel to her look
Jane Lush, chair of Bafta, addressed last night's star-studded audience, saying it was important to acknowledge a 'difficult' 12 months.
She said: 'Brave revelations have followed brave revelations of bullying and sexual harassment, and which to all our shame has been hidden in plain sight for decades.
'This is a moment in history, it should be a watershed, a catalyst for lasting change.'
Actress Andrea Riseborough, who brought gay rights activist Phyll Opoku-Gyimah as her guest, said: 'I'm here tonight to stand in solidarity with every woman, every person in the world who has suffered sexual abuse in the workplace.'
Dazzle: With her golden tresses resting about her shoulders in soft waves, she complemented her outfit with dazzling earrings
Exquisite: She wore a one-colour gown that featured elegant white sleeves
Striking: She added a slick of red lipstick to offset the black garment
Stunning: Earlier in the evening, the Oscar-winning actress turned heads as she left her London hotel to head to the ceremony
Making her way to the event: Jennifer was pictured leaving her hotel in London that night
Kristin Scott Thomas, who was nominated for her role in the World War Two drama Darkest Hour, wore a Time's Up badge and said she wanted to see 'words turn into actions'.
British actor Josh O'Connor, who was nominated for an award for best rising star, wore a Time's Up badge and said: 'It means a great deal.
'I wear it with pride to my generation who I feel can lead this and lead change in an industry that can be looked upon with pride. We can be actors with honour. I'm coming into this industry as this is all happening and hopefully I can be part of that change.'
Beautiful: Rochelle Humes showed off her sleek figure in an extreme plunging black gown as she led the stars walking down the red carpet at the Baftas at the Royal Albert Hall last night
Gorgeous: Opting to wear black to support the Time's Up movement, the 28-year-old looked incredible as she posed for snaps ahead of her presenting gig for EE on the night
Starry: Australian screen beauty Margot Robbie shared a picture of her make-up look ahead of leaving for the event
Important cause: Kristin Scott Thomas (left) wore a long monochrome number and wore a Time's Up badge in a bid to show her support and fellow actress Andrea Riseborough (right), followed suit in a thigh-split number
Friends: Andrea caught up with Time's Up activist Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, who accompanied her down the red carpet
Dazzling: Hofit Golan wore glittering gold, instead of the black dress code
Claret: Even down to her fresh manicure, Hofit decided not to follow suit
Looking good: Lydia Bright wore an incredible fishtail strapless gown which suited her figure perfectly
Power couple: Dermot O'Leary and wife Dee Koppang complemented one another perfectly in their matching ensembles
Work mode: The popular TV personality soon got into work mode as he took on presenting duties on the expansive red carpet
Trousers: Ruth Wilson was one of few actress in attendance who opted to forgo a gown in favour of wearing a Christian Dior trouser suit
Stunner: Sian Welby was the first celebrity to walk the red carpet as she went underwear free under a semi-sheer black dress
Hostess with her mostess: Presenter Edith Bowman, 44, looked resplendent in a brocade strapless number which was cinched in at the waist
Turning heads: Allison Janney turned heads as she arrived in an unconventional black dress, which featured a gold neckline
Form-fitting: Jackie St Clair swanned down the red carpet in style, arriving in a form-fitting gown with a thigh-high side slit
Twinning: Actors Gary Oldman, left, and Taron Egerton right, wore near-identical classic black tuxedos with crisp white shirts, however Taron was clad in Burberry
Badge: Showing solidarity with the large majority of other attendees at the televised awards show, he wore a Time's Up badge
Pairing up: Taron posed with a pretty companion, while Willem Defoe arrived with his actress wife Giada Colagrande, right
Stylish gents: (L-R) Orlando Bloom, Daniel Kaluuya - who was clad in Burberry - and Nicholas Hault put on dapper displays as they hit the gala's red carpet
Black to basics: Handsome father-of-one Orlando teamed his stylish Stella McCartney tuxedo jacket with a black shirt, opting to forgo a bow tie
Sign of the times: After posing for photographers gathered at the event, he stopped to sign autographs for a crowd of fans
Handlers: The Hollywood actress was guided safely into the building by a small team of handlers as her night came to an end
End of a long night: After a long night at the awards show, Jennifer Lawrence was spotted heading back to her London hotel
The crew: En route to the ceremony, Edgar Wright shared a shot of the entire crew behind the nominated picture Baby Driver
Sip up: Ahead of slipping into his tuxedo for the highly-anticipated awards show, Francis Lee, left, enjoyed a drink at the pub
(From left) Mark Mangini, Francis Lee and Edgar Wright at the event last night
Cirque: The cast of Cirque du Soleil put on quite the eye-catching display as they hit the red carpet in full colourful costume
Snapshot: Hours before the big event got underway, staffers at the Royal Alert hall shared a shot of the red carpet on Twitter