Kate Middleton playfully pats Prince William's butt on BAFTAs red carpet

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The Prince and Princess of Wales dazzle on the 2023 BAFTAs red carpet in London on Sunday, stunning everyone with their matching outfits and sweet moments.

The British Royal Family has been in the public eye for generations, with every move of its members scrutinized by the media and the public alike. Among them, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton are one of the most popular and admired couples in the world. The two met while they were both students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and their friendship blossomed into a romance. They dated for several years before announcing their engagement in November 2010, and their wedding took place on April 29, 2011.

Kate Middleton playfully pats Prince William's butt on BAFTAs red carpet Samir Hussein

Over the years, they are known for their regal bearing and professionalism, and they always manage to look impeccable in public. However, at the recent 2023 BAFTA Awards in London, the couple showed a rare moment of public affection that caught the attention of fans and the media.

Rare PDA moment between William and Kate

The 2023 BAFTA Awards in London were an exciting and special moment for the Prince and Princess of Wales, who made their first red-carpet appearance as the newly-titled couple.

As they made their way down the carpet, a video captured Kate giving William a light love tap on her husband's butt.

The Princess wore a stunning Alexander McQueen dress, paired with black elbow-length gloves and earrings from Zara, while the Prince looked dapper in his sleek black suit, complete with a matching bow tie and shoes. As they walked down the red carpet, the cameras flashed furiously, capturing every moment of their romantic display.

Kate Middleton playfully pats Prince William's butt on BAFTAs red carpet Chris Jackson

The couple's affectionate behavior was particularly noteworthy, given their usual preference for maintaining a professional demeanor while in public. According to Harper Bazaar, they have often been compared to Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, who rarely displayed physical affection towards each other during their long marriage.

Their public display of affection was reminiscent of the last time they were caught exchanging a flirty look at the Royal Carols: Together at a Christmas concert in 2019. While they have always been known for their close bond, the couple's latest public appearance suggests that their relationship is as strong as ever.

Important milestone for the Prince

According to Vogue, the Prince of Wales has been the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts since 2010, and the couple has previously attended the awards ceremony.

However, the 2023 BAFTA Awards were their first public appearance on the red carpet as the Prince and Princess of Wales, reports the Independent. The ceremony was hosted by actor and former Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant and TV personality Alison Hammond, and those presenting the awards included Julianne Moore, Sophie Turner, Jodie Turner-Smith, Regé-Jean Page, and Catherine-Zeta-Jones.

Kate Middleton playfully pats Prince William's butt on BAFTAs red carpet Chris Jackson

The 2023 BAFTA Awards marked a new venue for the event, which has been held at the Royal Albert Hall since 2017. Before that, it was held at London's Royal Opera House. The couple's attendance at the awards was confirmed last week by Kensington Palace, and it also marked their return to the event after missing the last two ceremonies.

In 2021, Prince William pulled out of an appearance at the BAFTAs following the death of his grandfather, Prince Philip, who was the first president of the academy. Last year, it was announced that the couple would not attend the awards ceremony due to diary constraints.

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