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The Princess of Wales Re-Wore an Alexander McQueen Gown with Opera Gloves to the BAFTAs

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Despite only attending the BAFTAs four times since her 2011 nuptials, the Princess of Wales has, inevitably, made headlines on each and every red carpet. For the 2023 ceremony – held at the Royal Festival Hall – Kate continued her recent trend of recycling pieces from her considerable personal archive, stepping out at the Southbank Centre in the same one-shouldered Alexander McQueen gown she wore to the 2019 event, albeit with cascading draping added at the shoulder.

Further adding to the glamorous effect of the monochrome look: a pair of shoulder-length gloves. Of course, the Regency-era accessory has become a celebrity favorite over the last few years, with numerous designers putting their own spin on the ladylike style at the spring/summer 2023 shows – see Simone Rocha’s frilly, pearl-studded iterations, Dior’s cut-out designs, and Bottega Veneta’s scarlet leather “floral” creations. Kate, as ever, kept things classic in sleek, plain black.

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A more divisive element of the Princess’s look for the evening? Her choice of jewelry. In lieu of bringing something out of the vault, the royal turned to high-street favorite Zara for her earrings. The cascading gold design is studded with rhinestones, and retails for just £17.99.

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