Prince William and Prince Harry were also part of the day’s events, this image comes via the BBC’s Sophie Sulehria.
Kate’s polka dot dress seemed in keeping with the majority of the day’s more lighthearted activities.
Once inside the studios the three were welcomed onto a Harry Potter set, all eight films were made here.
Trying out props from some of those movies was clearly a high point.
Warner Brothers has made a £100 million+ investment into Leavesden Studios, an immense facility housing a permanent production facility as well as the Studio Tour.
Today was the official inauguration of the studios.
Prince William was acting in his role as the President of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), below a portion of his remarks:
“The journey to today began most obviously with the now legendary story of an aspiring author – J K Rowling – translating her phenomenal imagination onto paper in the form of the Harry Potter series.
There was plenty of the back and forth ribbing between William and Harry, here is one of William’s salvos as shared by Max Foster from CNN:
There were 500 guests on the Making of Harry Potter Tour from the charities for which William, Kate and Harry serve as Patron.
The sets and costumes were obviously high points for everyone on the Tour, royals and guests alike.
All eight of the wildly successful films Harry Potter films were shot at Leavesden. Kate looked short in contrast to Rebeus Hagrid.
Here we see William and Harry giving Mr. Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia a try.
William can be seen trying out the Batmobile, Kate had a look at Batman’s costume.
William also seemed to like Batman’s means of getting around.
Naturally there were baby comments, Richard Palmer from the Express shared this one:
Harry Potter author JK Rowling joined the royals, it was the first time she had seen the studios. She was also in polka dots, and
a pair of what could be the LK Bennett Sledge pumps Kate is so fond of. (Or is the platform too high for these to be the Sledge?) a pair of what savvy commenters have pointed out are the Jimmy Choo Cosmic, something yours truly should have recognized.
The Tour looks like something almost anyone would enjoy, other films produced at Leavesden include Sherlock Holmes, Inception and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. As the trio was departing Kate posed for photos with a few youngsters.
There was also more serious business on the day’s agenda, Harry, Kate & William chaired a meeting of their Charities Forum in the Great Hall set used for the Potter movies.
The Duchess was in a polka dot dress from Topshop.
Many think she wore the Polka Dot Skater dress in a tall size.
To be honest, I cannot tell which dress it is. The ongoing debate over which frock Kate is wearing is indicative of how similar they are. An observant WKW Facebook friend noted that the dots on Kate’s dress are spaced at regular intervals, the dots on the white version of Florence dress are not symmetrical, they overlap at points.
However… that is on the US site. The Florence dress on the UK site is shown with dots that are symmetrical, so I think it could be either at this point.
Many will recognize Kate’s black jacket.
Many of us first noted Kate wearing the jacket as a ‘going away’ piece atop her blue Zara dress the day after the couple’s wedding, almost two years ago.
She has worn it on several occasions, including a Gary Barlow concert in December of 2011.
Kate accessorized with her black Episode angel pumps, the UFO black suede clutch and Annoushka pearl drop earrings.
We have significant news we want to share, no doubt it will please many of you who saw our Tweets and/or Facebook mentions about what we mysteriously referred to as #BCF.
It stands for the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser, a joint effort from a coalition of royal bloggers raising money for EACH, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, one of Kate’s patronages. We’ll have more about this on Monday including a fabulous giveaway. We hope readers who are on Facebook will join the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser page…..
And if you are on Twitter we hope you follow BCF on that site as well.
But more importantly, we hope you will consider making even a small donation, be it £1, $2, every little bit helps a very worthy cause.
Kate’s next engagement is Monday, she will spend part of her 2nd wedding anniversary visiting the Naomi House Children’s Hospice.
- The EACH website is here, its Facebook page here.
- The Warner Brothers Studio Tour website page is here, the Facebook page is here
- The Mirror’s story and photo gallery may be seen here, the Daily Mail’s story (& loads of photos) is here
- To read the entire text of William’s speech click here
- The Telegraph’s video is here, Sky News’s video story is here, ITV’s stories and video are here, the Warner Brothers video is here