17 February 2014 - 16:11
The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge to welcome guests at Buckingham Palace reception

  
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The Duchess of Cambridge is to join The Queen this evening at a star-studded reception at Buckingham Palace.

Kate, 32, will accompany the monarch and Prince Michael of Kent, at the reception which is being held in honour of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, of which The Queen is patron.

Her Majesty will welcome nearly 250 guests from the dramatic arts world including actors, playwrights, teachers and producers.

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Actors including Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Dame Helen Mirren will attend the glittering reception which begins at 6pm at the Palace.

Kate, who made her return to royal duties last week, will greet guests with The Queen before the party moves into the ballroom with other members of the family.

In the stunning ballroom, guests will enjoy a series of performances before members of the royal family move through the state rooms meeting guests.

Guest Dame Helen Mirren, who famously played The Queen, will be attending just a day after being presented with the Fellowship Award at Sunday evening’s BAFTA Award ceremony.

Prince William, as president of the BAFTA, presented Dame Helen with the prestigious prize after joking he should probably call her “granny”.

This evening marks one of the rare occasions Kate has played a supporting role to The Queen. In March 2012, the Duchess joined the monarch and Prince Philip in Leicester for the launch her Diamond Jubilee tour around the United Kingdom.

A few weeks later, Kate, with The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Fortnum and Mason where the three royals were presented with baskets full of the shop’s delicious products.

In March, 2013, just months before giving birth to Prince George, Kate also joined The Queen and Prince Philip for a visit to Baker Street underground station to celebrate 100 years of the London Underground.

photo credit: Chris M Manning via photopin cc & Beacon Radio



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