Kate Middleton and the Queen

Kate Middleton and the Queen will play host to a celebrity do at the Palace

Kate Middleton and the Queen are pooling their party-planning skills to host a star-studded party at Buckingham Palace on February 17.

The bash, held in honour of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), is set to be attended by some of the biggest names in film, TV and theatre.

Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Helen Mirren and David Tennant are all on the guest list, as is David Attenborough – whose Natural History Museum film was attended by Kate last year – and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. We're feeling just a teensy bit jealous we're not invited.

Kate Middleton in white dress


Kate and HRH will greet around 250 guests at the Palace, before the party is treated to a series of performances in the Palace's ballroom.

Other members of the Royal family will then join the party in the state rooms for the rest of the evening.

Next week is shaping up to be a culture-filled week for the Duchess of Cambridge – on February 11 the 32-year-old will attend a gala dinner at the National Portrait Gallery, followed on Valentine's Day with a trip to open the Arts Room at Northolt High School in Ealing.

It's inspired us to get off our backsides and pay a visit to some art galleries. We think we'll start with David Bailey's Stardust exhibition...

By Olivia Marks

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