The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge graced the red carpet at the world premiere of War Horse last night (08.01.12).

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Prince William and Duchess Catherine walked the carpet outside the Odeon Leicester Square and William shielded his wife from the rainy weather with a large umbrella.

The film’s director, Steven Spielberg, says he was delighted to have William and Catherine attend the premiere.

He said: “I’m delighted to be here with the royals. This is my first royal premiere for the duke and duchess, having done them before for the queen and the Queen Mother.

“This is a wonderful occasion tonight. This is so exciting. I get a buzz. You never grow out of something like this.”

As well as the duke and duchess, some 600 serving and ex-service personnel and their families, and beneficiaries of military charities, were also at the premiere.

The servicemen and women who were invited are from William’s regiments, including RAF Search and Rescue, The Household Cavalry, The Irish Guards, Royal Air Force Coningsby, Scotland Royal Naval Command and Submarines Royal Naval Command.

The premiere was held in aid of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, of which Catherine is also a patron.

It was Catherine’s first royal film premiere and she has some more partying to do today (09.01.12) as she turns 30 although she is expected to enjoy a low-key celebration.