Kate Middleton's golden dress at the No Time to Die premiere last night was a huge "power move", a royal commentator said.
The Duchess of Cambridge ruled the roost at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday evening in a sparkling gold gown designed by Jenny Packham, with many pointing out it was her most glamorous fit ever.
But it could also be more than just a gorgeous get-up, royal columnist Daniela Elser noted.
The NewsAU commentator suggested the incredible outfit was a statement of intent from the future queen.
She wrote: "This was unequivocally the most striking and glamorous get-up she has ever worn.
"[F**k]-off, no-holds-barred-fabulous, the equivalent of a sartorial roar.
"So, let’s be crystal clear here: This wasn’t just a dress.
"This was a declaration of intent and a very apparent power move on Kate’s part."
Daniela explained Kate's Anna Wintour-esque look was a total reverse on her usual cautious appearance at such events.
Compared with her more conservative blue outfit for the premiere of Spectre six years ago, Kate's look was a transformation.
Elser continued: "It might have taken a decade to get here, but this was a glorious display of confidence that telegraphed a level of comfort in herself and a level of comfort in the spotlight from a woman who is inherently shy.
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"After 18-months of homeschooling, Zoom appearances, and both Charles and William getting the virus, this much-delayed premiere marked not only the resumption of regular royal duties after Covid but also has given us our first real taste of regular royal life after Megxit.
"And it is against this backdrop that we have Kate unveiling her most thrilling and daring look ever."
Elser also suggested Kate's incredible look could also be an answer to the expensive wardrobe worn by Meghan Markle during the Sussexes' New York visit last week.
Meghan hit the headlines for her striking outfits in the Big Apple, which totalled some £66,000 across the three days.
Kate's way is quite different, Elser concluded.
She wrote: "In the eponymous Goldeneye theme song, Tina Turner belts out “It‘ll take forever to see, What I’ve got.”
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