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Kate Middleton dazzles as she joins Prince William at Top Gun: Maverick premiere

The Duchess of Cambridge channelled her inner Hollywood starlet as she joined Prince William at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere in London on Thursday night. 

Kate, 40, looked radiant in an off-the-shoulder Roland Mouret gown and sparkling diamond earrings as she made her glamorous entrance on the red carpet.

The couple joined leading man Tom Cruise and his co-stars Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller as A-listers and British TV royalty descended on London’s Leicester Square for the glitzy gala showing.

Ahead of the premiere, Cruise, 59, said he and the Duke of Cambridge ‘have a lot in common’ as he spoke of his admiration for the royal. 

‘We have a lot in common. We both love England and we’re both aviators, we both love flying,’ he said. 

The actor also expressed his joy to be back on the red carpet, saying: ‘I love what I do, I’ve always enjoyed it and I’m enjoying it even more now. ‘Particularly after the last couple of years, just to have an event like this is extraordinary.’ 

The Duchess of Cambridge was the picture of glamour in a black and white Roland Mouret gown for the premiere

Tom Cruise reached out to give the Duchess of Cambridge a hand as she made her way up the stairs to the cinema

Tom Cruise reached out to give the Duchess of Cambridge a hand as she made her way up the stairs to the cinema

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to A-lister Tom Cruise ahead of the premiere of his latest film

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to A-lister Tom Cruise ahead of the premiere of his latest film

Prince William cut a dapper figure in a blue velvet evening jacket, tuxedo trousers and playful airplane slippers

Prince William cut a dapper figure in a blue velvet evening jacket, tuxedo trousers and playful airplane slippers

The event is being held as a fundraising event in aid of The Film and TV Charity, which supports people working behind the scenes in the UK’s screen sector.

Maverick, which has so far received rave reviews from critics, sees Hollywood star Cruise reprise the role of US naval aviator Pete Mitchell and is being released 36 years after the 1986 original.

Other stars include Miles Teller, Monica Barbaro, Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm and Glen Powell. It was originally due for release in July 2019 but was repeatedly pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, Cruise made a dramatic entrance at the US premiere of the film, landing a helicopter on an aircraft carrier in San Diego, California.

The Duchess of Cambridge channelled her inner Hollywood starlet as she joined Prince William on the red carpet at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere in London on Thursday night

The Duchess of Cambridge channelled her inner Hollywood starlet as she joined Prince William on the red carpet at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere in London on Thursday night

Kate, 40, looked radiant in an off-the-shoulder gown and sparkling diamond earrings as she made her glamorous entrance

Kate, 40, looked radiant in an off-the-shoulder gown and sparkling diamond earrings as she made her glamorous entrance

Stars of the show: Top Gun: Maverick stars (left-right) Miles Teller, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm

Stars of the show: Top Gun: Maverick stars (left-right) Miles Teller, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm

Pumped! Ahead of the premiere, Cruise, 59, said he and the Duke of Cambridge 'have a lot in common' as he spoke of his admiration for the royal

Tom Cruise at the Top Gun premiere

Pumped! Ahead of the premiere, Cruise, 59, said he and the Duke of Cambridge ‘have a lot in common’ as he spoke of his admiration for the royal

Power couple: Co-stars Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly struck a pose together as they arrived on the red carpet

Power couple: Co-stars Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly struck a pose together as they arrived on the red carpet

Isn't she lovely? The actress donned a waist-cinching black belt and added a touch of bling to her stylish look with silver rings

Jennifer Connelly at the Top Gun: Maverick premiere

Isn’t she lovely? The actress donned a waist-cinching black belt and added a touch of bling to her stylish look with silver rings

 

Happy to be here! Cruise, pictured, says he has an even greater love for his job after years off due to the pandemic

Happy to be here! Cruise, pictured, says he has an even greater love for his job after years off due to the pandemic

Hollywood stars! Jennifer Connelly cut an elegant figure in a flowing gown

Jon Hamm was dapper in black tie

Hollywood stars! Jennifer Connelly cut an elegant figure in a flowing gown while Jon Hamm was dapper in black tie

Pretty in pink! Maverick: Top Gun star Miles Teller arrived with his wife Keleigh Sperry who wore a rose pink gown

Pretty in pink! Maverick: Top Gun star Miles Teller arrived with his wife Keleigh Sperry who wore a rose pink gown

On Sunday he attended an event celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Windsor. Last night he was in Cannes to promote the film at the annual Film Festival. 

Tonight marks the 76th Royal Film Performance.  

Initially called the Royal Command Film Performance, the first Royal Film Performance took place at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square in 1946 and was attended by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

Getting into the theme! Carol Vorderman donned a flight suit-inspired jumpsuit as she joined stars at the premiere

Carol Vorderman

Getting into the theme! Carol Vorderman donned a flight suit-inspired jumpsuit as she joined stars at the premiere

The film shown was A Matter Of Life And Death starring David Niven.

The most recent performance featured a screening of First World War epic 1917, directed by Sir Sam Mendes, and took place in 2019 at the Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in attendance.

Paramount Pictures will release Top Gun: Maverick in the UK and Ireland on May 27.

There he is! Tom Cruise once again cut a suave figure on Thursday as he attended the star-studded London premiere of his latest film Top Gun: Maverick, held at Leicester Square Gardens

Power couples: Anton Du Beke and his wife Hannah Summers

HRVY with Mimi Slinger

Power couples: Anton Du Beke and his wife Hannah Summers (left) and HRVY with Mimi Slinger 

Impressive: The sequel to Tony Scott's classic 1986 blockbuster Top Gun has been unanimously praised in early reviews with one even declaring that it 'improves upon the original in every conceivable way' (Tom Cruise pictured in character)

Impressive: The sequel to Tony Scott’s classic 1986 blockbuster Top Gun has been unanimously praised in early reviews with one even declaring that it ‘improves upon the original in every conceivable way’ (Tom Cruise pictured in character)

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