Is this the best Kate has ever looked?

Is this the best Kate has ever looked? Radiant Duchess of Cambridge has her ‘Bond girl moment’ in bronze makeup, an ornate updo and defined ‘Meghan’ brows at No Time To Die premiere

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in London, with Kate Middleton dazzling in a golden gown 
  • Royals attended the glittering world premiere of the new Bond film No Time To Die at the Royal Albert Hall 
  • Beauty experts and royal watchers agree it might be the best the Duchess of Cambridge has ever looked
  • Kate eschewed her typically ‘composed’ make-up look by contouring her face and defining her eyebrows 
  • Her glittering gold outfit by Jenny Packham topped with an ornate, statuesque updo with a rare side parting 

It was a red carpet full of Hollywood A-listers but it was Kate Middleton who stole the spotlight on the No Time To Die premiere last night. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was at her glamorous best in a custom gold Jenny Packham gown as she joined husband Prince William, 39, and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in a rare joint engagement at London’s Royal Albert Hall.  

Kate outshone even the stars in the form-fitting frock, created to look like liquid metal, from one of her favoured British fashion designers, with style experts and royal watchers united in their love of Kate’s look – with several declaring it their ‘favourite look’ the royal has ever worn. 

Speaking to FEMAIL, Laura Kay, Makeup Artist and Founder of Laura Kay London, explained the Duchess eschewed her typically ‘composed’ make-up look in favour of all out glamour, dubbing it her ‘Bond girl moment’ while Tom Smith, Celebrity Hairdresser and Brand Consultant, says that Kate has chosen a style suitable for a ‘future Queen’

Style experts and royal watchers were united in their love of Kate’s look, with several declaring it their ‘favourite’ the royal has ever worn. Laura Kay, makeup artist, explained she eschewed her typically ‘composed’ style in favour of all out glamour including shimmering gloss, bronze contouring, fake eyelashes and defined eyebrows 

Meanwhile Tom Smith, Celebrity Hairdresser and Brand Consultant, says that Kate has chosen a style suitable for a ‘future Queen’ by ditching her bouncy blow dry for a more elaborate up-do 

Laura said: ‘Kate steals the show! She looks like a Greek goddess and is channelling her inner Princess.

‘This is a dramatic look for Kate who is usually reserved and composed. Although she is known to go glam for special occasions, this is undeniably her Bond girl moment.’

Mother-of-three Kate dazzled at the event in a custom Jenny Packham embellished gown – which is usually priced at £2,800. Featuring cape sleeve detailing and structured shoulders. 

She teamed her dress with bespoke £290 Onitaa earrings – which were made in Pakistan by the South Asian luxury couture label and Aquazzura £555 leather pumps.  

What an entrance! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured together) and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have attended the glittering world premiere of the new James Bond film No Time To Die this evening


Stunning! Kate commanded attention in a shimmering custom gown by favoured British fashion designer Jenny Packham, which featured dazzling golden embellishments, cape sleeves and structured shoulders

Looking effortlessly elegant, Kate’s dress had a bespoke 1970s-style cape attached and the royal beauty completed the look with gold earrings and shoes, with her hair coiled on top of her head. 

Her look certainly made an impression on royal fans, with hoards of ‘star struck’ social media users insisting Kate was looking ‘absolutely stunning’ and hailing her a ‘class act’. 

‘Kate Middleton can do no wrong. Absolutely stunning in that gold Jenny Packham gown #007’, wrote one user. 

‘In other news: can we talk about Kate Middleton’s dress last night?! Wowza!! Star-struck She looked stunning at the Bond premiere’, commented a second.  

Laura explained that to match her dazzling outfit, the royal has ‘moved away from her signature make-up look’- ditching her flushed rosy cheeks and mat pink lip in favour of a more bronzed and dewey look. 

‘She is glowing, her skin looks dewy and complexion is flawless. She looks fresh from the spa and may have prepared the evening with a hydrating facial and massage as she looks so relaxed and confident in her skin.

Double date night! The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales stand together when at the event

‘She has embraced golden bronze and brown hues to match her outfit. Her brows are bushier like we see with Cara Delevingne, or perhaps it is a clever nod to ancient history when women used to express their power and wealth by showcasing their eye-brows.   

‘Kate has applied a bronze cream highlighter to contour the length of her face, contouring the top of her forehand, below her chin, jawline, as well as cheekbones and temples, to sculpt and add dimension. She finishes of her look with a tint of rose cream on her cheekbones for extra oomph. 

Her brows take centre stage and perhaps inspired by her sister-in-law Meghan Markle who is known for her defined brows on the red carpet. 

‘Kate appears to have used a soft pencil to build up her brows to achieve a lamination effect and brushed with a powder to add extra dimension’, said Laura.  

Kate has also opted for a heavier eye look, including fake lashes – which the make-up artists says ‘totally transforms her look’ – while her choice of lip colour is subtle but glamorous. 

‘She has opted for a deep smokey brown eyeshadow which is applied all over her eyelid as well as strategically smudged underneath, to create a smouldering effect. It is much more daring than what we are use to.’ 

‘Her lipstick choice is perfect for a formal evening event and it doesn’t over shadow her looks and she chooses a rich yet natural lip colour in gloss to add shimmer.

‘This makeup look brings Kate to the forefront of trends as the whole world is watching her. 


Sharing a laugh! Kate Middleton chats with 007 star Daniel Craig when attending the world premiere of the new James Bond film No Time To Die this evening

Two dapper gentleman together! Prince William was all smiles as he met the 007 actor at the glittering premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Greetings! Prince Charles and British actor Daniel shared a hand shake when meeting one another at this evening’s outing

Chatting with one another: The Duchess of Cornwall appeared in deep concentration as she talked with the leading star of the No Time To Die film

‘I would say Kate is pushing the boundaries and she knows only she has the power to pull this off. I suspect we will see Kate experiment with more looks in the future as she embraces her role as the Duchess of Cambridge’.’

Meanwhile Tom Smith, Celebrity Hairdresser and Brand Consultant, says that Kate has chosen a style suitable for a ‘future Queen’ by ditching her bouncy blow dry for a more elaborate up-do . 

‘This is Kate at her most glamorous – it is rare that we see her with such an ornate up-do and it certainly makes a statement’, he said. 

‘Her, statuesque look is enhanced with her hair piled up into soft curls giving her an even more elegant and regal look than normal. This is absolutely the look of our future Queen and she wears it magnificently.

‘There is a softness about the style, with almost a fluffiness to the finish which gives a warmer impression rather than a super slick look which can come off as hard or severe. 


Mother-of-three Kate (pictured with Prince William) dazzled at the event in a custom Jenny Packham embellished Margot gown – which is usually priced at £2,800 – and featured cape sleeve detailing and structured shoulders

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in statement bespoke £290 Onitaa earrings – which were made in Pakistan by the South Asian luxury couture label, which also design bridal wear and other jewellery


How sweet! The Prince of Wales tenderly kissed his daughter-in-law on the cheek when greeting her at the outing this evening



Looking effortlessly elegant, Kate’s dress had a bespoke 1970s-style cape attached and the royal beauty completed the look with gold earrings and shoes, with her hair coiled on top of her head


Amid screams of excitement, Kate (pictured), along with her husband, William, and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, walked up the red carpet outside London’s Royal Albert Hall

The Duke of Cambridge kisses the Duchess of Cornwall’s cheek, while Charles shares a kiss on the cheek with Kate



Amid screams of excitement, Kate (pictured), along with her husband, William, and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, walked up the red carpet outside London’s Royal Albert Hall


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) arrive at the glittering world premiere of the new Bond film No Time To Die

He says that by moving her parting to the side, rather than in the centre, the Duchess has drawn attention to the detailing of her ornate hairstyle and suspects Kate used extensions to give the look more volume. 

‘Particularly with her usual natural centre parting which she usually wears down the middle and can sometimes look harsh, instead with this style, she has opted for a side parting that is brushed over to soften the style at the front.

‘This is done in a deliberate attempt to draw the focal point towards the detailing at the back of the head.

‘The hair is woven into curls and twists with no distinctive pins or securing points which gives a weightless and effortless look to what is a highly detailed ‘crown’ of hair. 

‘She surely would have had added hair in the form of extensions or hair pieces to give this level of volume and glamour but these would have likely been temporarily attached specifically for this event. She has also added subtle golden highlights to her hair which you can get a hint of in the curls and this shimmers beautifully in the light’.’

All smiles! The royal couples looked in great spirits as they arrived at the red carpet event in London, at the Royal Albert Hall


Royal blue! The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured with the Prince of Wales) proved her elegance in a stunning embellished gown with a billowing, flared hem with see-through sleeves

A megawatt smile! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were beaming as they chatted with other guests at the star-studded occasion

The outing of Charles, Camilla, William and Kate (pictured) is likely to be seen as a sign of collaboration and solidarity between the future king and his eldest son


Radiant: Kate stunned in a golden sequin evening gown with a matching cape for the star-studded London-based event

The highly anticipated No Time To Die is the 25th Bond film and fifth and final movie featuring Craig as 007. It faced more than a year of delays due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but is being released in UK cinemas on Thursday. Pictured, William and Kate at the premiere

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