Queen and Kate meet the stars at palace reception

Dame Helen Mirren speaks to the Queen as Sir David Attenborough looks on. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge met some of Hollywood's leading actors tonight as Buckingham Palace hosted a reception celebrating the UK's dramatic arts.

Actress Uma Thurman and the Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The event featured a who's who of leading film makers, entertainers and actors including director Steve McQueen and actresses Uma Thurman and Helena Bonham Carter.

The Queen and Joan Collins at the Buckingham Palace reception. Credit: David Crump/Daily Mail/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The night was hosted by the Queen in her capacity as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, also known as Rada.

Kate meets Sir Trevor Nunn and Helena Bonham Carter. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge joined her for the evening wearing a striking red Alexander McQueen dress.