Kate Middleton does Dynasty: Duchess of Cambridge launches photo contes in ’80s-style shoulder pads


Kate Middleton does Dynasty: Duchess of Cambridge launches photo contest with video promo in ’80s-style shoulder pads… just like Joan Collins

  • The Duchess wore a crepe tuxedo with shoulder pads by Alexander McQueen
  • She also sported pearl earrings and had glossy ‘brondette’ highlights in her hair
  • The royal was launching the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

It’s the annual launch pad for stunning images of animals which showcase the best of nature.

And the Duchess of Cambridge heralded this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – wearing shoulder pads which appeared to come straight from classic 1980s soap Dynasty.

Kate, 38, who will announce the winner of the competition in a virtual awards ceremony tonight, stepped in front of TV cameras in a video filmed in the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall in London.

The Duchess of Cambridge heralded this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in a video filmed in the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall 

Kate, 38, stepped in front of TV cameras wearing a padded black tuxedo jacket similar to the look of Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington in classic 1980s soap Dynasty

Kate, 38, stepped in front of TV cameras wearing a padded black tuxedo jacket similar to the look of Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington in classic 1980s soap Dynasty

With tumbling curls and the padded black tuxedo jacket – similar to the look of Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington in Dynasty – she spoke warmly of the photography competition.

The Alexander McQueen crepe tuxedo with satin lapels is a favourite of Kate, who also wore pearl earrings and had glossy ‘brondette’ highlights in her hair. 

Founded in 1964, the museum’s contest is the world’s longest running and most prestigious annual wildlife photography prize.

Museum patron Kate described the winning photos as ‘truly spectacular’.

Museum patron Kate will announce the winner of the competition, selected from over 49,000 entries from around the world, in a virtual awards ceremony tonight

Museum patron Kate will announce the winner of the competition, selected from over 49,000 entries from around the world, in a virtual awards ceremony tonight

She added: ‘I’ve been lucky enough to have a quick preview and I can say it’s truly spectacular.

I can’t wait for you all to see it.’

Selected from over 49,000 entries from around the world by a panel of experts, the winning images will be exhibited at the museum on Friday before touring around the UK and internationally.

The ceremony can be watched on YouTube at 8pm tonight.

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