Duchess of Cambridge wears grey dress to match the weather at charity premiere… but her dazzling smile (and her pins) brighten things up
Nature documentary in aid of the Tusk Trust for which Wills is Royal patron
Film is directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill and narrated by Hollywood star Patrick Stewart
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Kate steps out of the car at the African Cats premiere into the rainy evening – but manages to keep smiling despite the chill and the damp
A true gent! William protects his wife from the rain as they arrive at the BFI Southbank for the premiere of African Cats, a nature documentary set to raise money for charity Tusk Trust
Duke of Cambridge, a patron of the animal welfare charity, and the Duchess of
Cambridge were greeted by Amanda Neville head of the BFI, at tonight's
Kate wore a grey Matthew Williamson dress with subtle peplum detail and jade green beading trim for the event – which was protected from the rain by her husband's chivalrous way with the umbrella, she also accessorised with courts and matching clutch by British shoe designer Emmy Scarterfield
Kate was in high spirits at the event, despite the sombre weather. The film she was to attend tells the story of life on Kenya's plains for a pride of lions and a family of cheetahs as they battle for survival
Kate was wearing a Matthew Williamson
grey dress with three-quarter-length sleeves and deep turquoise and gold beaded details around the neck and sleeves. She accessorised with dark court shoes and matching clutch by British shoe designer Emmy Scarterfield (www.emmyshoes.co.uk). William meanwhile
looked smart in a navy suit.
Mark Knopfler, legendary guitarist of Dire Straits, was among the guests along with filmmaker Guy
Ritchie and Dragons' Den judge Deborah Meaden, a patron of Tusk Trust.
The wildlife film tells the story of
life on Kenya's plains for a pride of lions and a family of cheetahs as
they battle for survival.
Hollywood star Patrick Stewart
narrates the true-life story of cheetah Sita bringing up her five cubs
in the Masai Mara game reserve and of Mara, a six month-old lion cub
being raised by her mother Layla.
William is a self-confessed lover of
Africa, its people and wildlife, and has worries about the current
animal welfare crisis that has seen renewed interest from poachers in
elephant ivory and rhino horns.
Demand from consumers in the Far East and China has seen prices for the animal products rise significantly in recent years.
Charlie Mayhew, co-founder of Tusk
Trust which has William as its royal patron, said about the Duke:
passionate about Africa and he's very concerned about the current
'We are now seeing daily reports of
elephants being poached across the continent and in South Africa, the
country has lost 170 rhinos already this year.'
The Duchess of Cambridge's hair and make up, the latter of which she is known to do herself, were impeccable, as usual
Kate's Matthew Williamson dress is from the British designer's pre-fall 2012 collection and features the design house's signature flourishes – turquoise beading and gold detail
The persistent April showers refused to let up for the Royal guests – but fortunately William came prepared
He added that the number of cheetahs
on the continent stands at around 10,000 to 12,000, while estimates
suggest only 25,000 lions are left in Africa.
Mr Mayhew described the Duke's ability
to get the wildlife message across to the public as vital for his
charity's work and the efforts of others.
He said: 'It's enormously important
and enormously valuable to have as our royal patron Prince William. His
role, despite the Tusk agenda, on the global stage (is important) not
just for our work but communicating the conservation message that
everybody in conservation wants to get across. He's a powerful advocate
for conservation in general.'
He added: 'Kate as we know got engaged
to Prince William out in Africa and she's got the same general love of
the continent as he has. She very kindly came to LA (with William) to
launch our USA patrons circle. I cannot tell you how successful that
Kate's slim waist was accentuated by the cut of her dress, while Wills looked smart in a dark suit
William proposed to Kate in Africa, and the two have a general love for the continent, which they have visited many times
The Duchess chats to Dire Straits lead singer Mark Knopfler, who was among guests at filmmaker Guy Ritchie's premiere this evening
The Duke of Cambridge chatting to a young boy at the African Cats premiere, was described by Tusk Trust co-founder Charlie Mayhew as 'passionate about Africa' and 'concerned about the crisis'
Filmmaker Guy Ritchie was a guest, accompanied by his girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley
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