The 71st British Academy Film awards are underway in London today.
Kate Middleton chose an emerald dress by British designer, Jenny Packham. Accessorised with a black satin empire waist belt, which completed her growing baby bump. The 36-year-old is expecting her third child in April.
As we saw at the Golden Globes in January, actresses on the BAFTA red carpet opted to wear black in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement. Royal protocol dictates the Duchess of Cambridge can not take any political stance. Therefore commentators did not expect her to also wear head-to-black like Margot Robbie and Angelina Jolie.
Nonetheless, Kate’s choice to wear a somber hue shows support in a subtle way. After all, some of the most steadfast supporters of Time’s Up wore bedazzled gowns to the Golden Globes that weren’t entirely black, but a pop of pattern could help Middleton make the argument to Buckingham Palace that her dress wasn't a political statement.
This article originally appeared on InStyle Australia.