Forget Maverick and Goose, Kate Middleton had the ultimate wingman at the London premiere of Top Gun: Maverick tonight: her Roland Mouret gown. The royal stole the show at UK premiere of the blockbuster sequel, which sees Tom Cruise reprise his most famous role 36 years on. Kate and her husband Prince William joined stars including Cruise, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer on the red carpet in Leicester Square.
Though she’s famously happiest in her girl-next-door wardrobe of jeans, Barbour jackets and flat Penelope Chilvers boots, Kate—like any seasoned royal—knows how to ramp up the glamour when the occasion calls for it. She out-sparkled every A-lister at the No Time to Die premiere last September, wearing a gold Jenny Packham gown embellished with enough sequins to light up the Royal Albert Hall.
To attend the 2017 BAFTAs, the Duchess chose an off-the-shoulder black gown with delicate floral embellishment by perhaps her favorite luxury fashion house, Alexander McQueen. Two years later, Kate had the dress altered, adding demure cap sleeves for a gala at the National Portrait Gallery. It was a statement of intent for the royal, who is increasingly conscious with her fashion choices, as evidenced by her growing appetite for vintage.
As the president of BAFTA, Prince William has a keen interest in film, but it could be that the ’80s classic Top Gun holds a special place in the heart of the Duke, who is, after all, a trained pilot. William spent three years leading search and rescue missions out of RAF Valley on Anglesey when he and Kate lived there as newlyweds, before serving as a pilot in the East Anglia Air Ambulance for a further two years. It’s not quite flying a fighter jet in a 4G inverted dive, but it’s impressive nonetheless.