Kate Middleton wears $28 Zara earrings on BAFTAs 2023 red carpet

Prince William and Kate Middleton are back at the BAFTAs.

The Prince and Princess of Wales made their long-awaited return to the awards show’s red carpet for the first time since 2020 on Sunday.

Middleton, 41, wowed in a familiar-looking white Alexander McQueen gown at London’s Royal Festival Hall as she adorably gave her husband, 40, “a love tap,” as seen in a video shared via Vogue’s Instagram account.

The princess previously wore the same dress to the BAFTAs in 2019, but updated the style for its second outing by swapping the original floral appliqués on the shoulder for a flowing swath of matching fabric.

Middleton also slipped on a pair of black velvet opera gloves and dramatic Zara earrings shaped like cascading flowers — the latter of which retailed for just $28 before (of course) flying out of stock — to put a fresh spin on the Grecian-style frock.

Kate Middleton stunned in an Alexander McQueen one-shouldered gown.
Kate Middleton stunned in an Alexander McQueen one-shouldered gown.
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She finished off her look with gold Aquazzura pumps and a black Jimmy Choo clutch, and wore her sleek brunette hair long and loose.

The royal looked glam for her date night with her husband, 40, who serves as president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Prince William and Kate Middleton at the BAFTAs
She made her return to the BAFTAs alongside Prince William.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton at the BAFTAs
She made her return to the BAFTAs alongside Prince William.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton at the BAFTAs
She made her return to the BAFTAs alongside Prince William.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton at the BAFTAs
She made her return to the BAFTAs alongside Prince William.
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The couple skipped last year’s annual TV and film awards due to scheduling conflicts. One year prior, Prince William – who was supposed to present a speech at the virtual event – ​​backed out due to Prince Philip’s death.

Middleton’s last BAFTA outfit in 2020 was another royal rewear: a white-and-gold Alexander McQueen gown she’d previously sported during a visit to Malaysia in 2012.

Kate Middleton at the BAFTAs
The princess has worn Alexander McQueen for four out of her five BAFTA appearances.
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McQueen has been a steady presence for the princess on the show’s red carpet, with the mom of three wearing her wedding dress designer for four out of her five BAFTA appearances since 2017.

Along with the special royal guests, Sunday’s show — attended by stars like Austin Butler, Viola Davis, Cate Blanchett and Jamie Lee Curtis — will also honor Queen Elizabeth II in a tribute led by Helen Mirren.

The actress won both a BAFTA and an Oscar for her portrayal of the late monarch in 2006’s “The Queen.”

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