The Queen & Duchess Kate are going to hang out with Benedict Cumberbatch!


I have some good news. Benedict Cumberbatch is going to Buckingham Palace! He will meet the Queen and Duchess Kate. YES. Before you say, “But aren’t Benedict’s curls considered a lethal weapon, one which could bring down the monarchy?” let me just say that Benedict is actually pretty royal-friendly. He’s an ambassador for Prince Charles’ The Prince’s Trust, and Benedict has already been to Buckingham Palace at least once in the past year. Well, now he’s going again, this time for a reception for RADA. And Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren and David Tennett will be there too.

Kate Middleton will join the Queen to host a reception at Buckingham Palace honouring the dramatic arts on 17 February.

Britain’s monarch will join forces with the Duchess of Cambridge to welcome guests including Dame Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, David Tennant, Sir David Attenborough and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes.

The star-studded reception is being held in honour of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), of which the Queen is patron.

From around 6pm, the Queen and the Duchess will greet an estimated 250 guests, including directors, producers, playwrights, teachers and actors, before enjoying a series of performances in the Palace’s ballroom. Other members of the royal family, including the Duke of Edinburgh, will then meet the guests in the state rooms.

The Queen and Kate’s engagement comes amid a busy time for the royals. The night before the RADA reception, Prince William will play a starring role in the BAFTA award ceremony.

As President of the film academy, the 31-year-old prince will honour Dame Helen Mirren with a Fellowship Award, the highest lifetime achievement award given to someone who has greatly contributed to the world of film, television or games.

[From Hello Magazine]

Yes, I was going to mention the BAFTAs – the BAFTAs are February 16th, a Sunday. And then this palace reception will be the following night, when all of the celebrities are still in town. But no gauche American is invited! Heavens no.

Anyway, it should be exciting. I doubt we’ll get many photos from inside the event, but maybe…? Hopefully? Maybe the Palace will release some photos from inside the party. My dream scenario involves Benedict and Duchess Kate drinking a champagne toast together as the Queen and Cate Blanchett throw side-eyes worthy of Moriarty in the background. I wonder if Kate is a fan of Sherlock? I know she watches Downton Abbey, and she reportedly (I think she told someone this) watches The Only Way Is Essex too. Surely she watches Sherlock!




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  1. Faye says:

    You know how any time someone says something negative about Kate, there’s a coterie of her fans who jump on you and say “you’re just jeaalooooouus!?” Well, for the first time I can say that’s true. I AM jealous. Meeting Cumby. Humph. He belongs to us!

  2. T.fanty says:

    Is it worth pointing out that he didn’t attend RADA?

  3. AmandaPanda says:

    Thank god duchess Kate is back from mustique to get back to her “charity work”

    *massive eye roll*

    • My2Pence says:

      Yes, galas galore. Let’s see if HM manages to look less annoyed than she usually does whenever Kate Middleton is around.

      • FLORC says:

        As long as Kate wears an appropriate length skirt and doesn’t go off the script she’ll do fine.
        Somewhat jealous of meetin Helen and David… Not so much David since she’ll be in a formal setting with him and i’d rather seem him in a more relaxed meeting..
        I swear, playing the Doctor makes almost anyone hot!

      • My2Pence says:

        @ FLORC. Well, she wore a completely inappropriate skirt last time, and nearly flashed HM when KM was climbing out of the car.

        Will HM sigh heavily and roll her eyes when Kate Middleton asks, “Oh, you’re an actor? Have you been on The Only Way is Essex? That’s totally my favorite show!”

        There will also be some form of Curl-Off between CumberB and the Middleton cocker spaniel hairdo.

        Dame Helen must be loving this, firm Republican that she is. Bill and Kate Middleton must be their poster children.

    • Maureen says:

      “Charity work” = “attending a huge party with the rich and famous”

  4. Esti says:

    I would also *love* to know what Kate thinks of Sherlock doing an entire episode about Kate being involved with a female S&M sex worker.

  5. Suze says:

    I hope we get to see some photos!

  6. starrywonder says:

    Awesome. Love me some Benedict.

  7. Secret Squirrel says:

    Good lord. I hadn’t noticed Ben’s beautiful long fingers before. Somebody get that boy a piano!!

  8. Abby says:

    I really hope they release some pics…also Cumby will be performing a small skit with Alan Rickman (fans herself). They better take a picture of them together cz there is none on the internet as of yet.

  9. Kelly says:

    Too bad they’re always deactivated apparently…

  10. lilly says:

    The Queen, Benedict, Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren and David Tennett? God, add some kittens and world will explode from too-much-awesomeness-in-one-place!

  11. Hello Kitty says:

    Enty revealed a Blind Item Kindness and it’s about Cumby!

    This actor is B- list. Honestly that is probably his peak for now until he shows he can do some other role. Two months ago he would have been B list. That is how fast you drop in this town. In the eyes of this home owner though he will always be A list. The very good looking actor lives next door to a home that caught on fire while the owners were at work. The fire was in the kitchen of the other house and the actor knew that is where the owner of the home kept her dogs crated during the day. The actor called 911 but went over to the house and broke through a french door cutting himself in the process before carrying the two dog crates out to the back yard. It took another five or six minutes for the fire department to arrive and by the time they got there most of the kitchen was destroyed so chances are good the dogs would have died too.

    Benedict Cumberbatch

  12. Other Renee says:

    Now that is an event I would love to attend. Sigh.

    When Kate is Queen of England (or Queen Consort or whatever), will media still refer to her as “Kate Middleton?” Just wondering.

    • LadySlippers says:

      FYI — there is no Queen of England. :-) It’s Queen of the UK.

      My guess is I don’t know. I would have thought both Kate and Camilla would have lost their previous names by now but neither has. Although, Camilla has more so than Kate. Perhaps it’ll get used less and less as time goes on — who knows? But someone else pointed out that the KM moniker might be a snide class comment… So there might be a ton of reasons why she’s KM and not DssoC.

  13. Amy Tennant says:

    Benedict AND my man in the same place! Happiness!

  14. Shiv says:

    the hair…. the curls….

    the fingers…those God damn fingers…

    Don’t mind me.

  15. Kelly says:

    He’s on Kimmel’s Mean Tweets! Ahahahahhaha, some of these are hilarious

  16. HoustonGrl says:

    Good thing Kate got a vacation before she resumes her grueling charity work *eye role*

  17. Gauchita says:

    How can you love Cumby and not know Tennant?! Before Hidgles, before Matt Smith, the ten Doctor was the ultimate geeky brit with great hair. Damned, he still is!

    • It’s easy—2 years ago I didn’t know BC—give me another couple & I’ll make it to Tennant.

    • FLORC says:

      Ugh, he’s so geeky cute!

      Fitting name if you’re just getting around to DT.
      I’d swoon if I ever met him. Just hit the floor, out cold, swooning.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      David Tennant supercedes all races, creeds, and religions. Seriously.

      I’m facebook friends with this girl whose family has been Menonite for GENERATIONS. Now I don’t think that her family is all that strict about it, because they wear jeans, tank tops, etc–are pretty much the every day, normal family, etc.

      But this girl has a massive crush on DT. I mean, she watches Doctor Who like a woman possessed, and she posts pictures of him, every once in a while, talking about how hot he is. She’s got it bad……he is that charming.

  18. Stephanie says:

    The royal crumpets get to mingle with the Cumber-curls!!! Goodness!

  19. Miss Scarlet says:

    He looks like a Royal. Seriously, with his bearing and voice? He could be one.

    • Em says:

      I can’t help but think this is the main reason he gets so much press. Posh accent (mixed with a deep voice from all that smoking – yeah, it does the same to women’s voices), posh schooling, weird face (pity f*** material that turns on all those women who think he’s more ‘accessible’ and non-threatening), plus average acting skills (lets face it, the roles themselves have been the interesting part – he/his agent picks decent material). Likely hung out with upper class types at Harrow, so can blend in at Royal gatherings. One thing he does seem to be very good at is networking/schmoozing with everyone.

      I really don’t see the attraction with this guy. Well, I understand it (based on the above), but think he’s massively over-hyped. He’s not terrible, but also nothing special. He has a huge head in relation to the rest of his body. I’m also finding it difficult not to notice the receding hairline and increasingly lined face in any new photos of him. He’s like a walking advert against smoking! I wouldn’t have noticed if the media didn’t shove him in my face every other week. It’s getting a bit annoying. Last year he seemed to be in everything!

      David Tennant on the other hand – yes please! Good actor, not ruined by inflated media coverage!

  20. Nesi says:

    Ben-a-dic-t Cum-ber-crotch. I dunno why.

  21. Meg says:

    You couldn’t even spell David Tennant properly?

  22. lunchcoma says:

    Hopefully he’ll show up in nothing but a sheet, and Mark Gatiss can tag along and step on it.

  23. Alina says:

    David Tennant! OMG i love him. He was my favourite Doctor… oh my… i cried when he left Rose. That was such a wonderful and sad episode.

    I´m sure Kate watches Sherlock… i mean what does she do when all the shops close? She´s watching telly ;-) No wonder she loves meeting stars and attending movie premieres and galas. It´s the only time when she´s working with diligence.

  24. pru says:

    I have to just say that first picture is killing me – wayward curls + the suit!! YUM!!

    I know attending these royal receptions are an honor in terms of his acting success , but I can’t help but thinking his career ambitions/education pre-acting would have lead him to this eventually. He seems so massively driven that this kind of success would been achieved no matter what career path he took.

  25. Mhmm says:

    I’ve never wanted to be English more…and that’s saying something. ;)

  26. Shiv says:

    So he was in Helsinki for a wee break after the apple event and before this convention today. Something tells me we are going to be introduced to a lady friend soon….

    • Kelly says:

      Pics from the convention are all over twitter – HE GOT A HAIRCUT, FINALLY, PRAISE THE LORD. I mean I’d prefer curls, but I’ll take this over the slicked back hair look.

      And lol, of course he can’t disappear in his private time and do whatever wherever without people immediately jumping on the “secret mistress – love child – sex orgy – affair” bandwagon, oh my…

      Man I wish I had his money, I’d fly to a new country every weekend!

      • Ash says:

        I love how people jump to the conclusion that someone has a mistress like you said. This man has been way too busy to date that’s for sure. My assumption it was probably a ski trip with buddies or for the new film coming up, maybe some PR or meeting there. One of the distributors could be out of Finland and wanted to meet. So many possibilities.

    • Ash says:

      There’s also a pic of him kissing Louise on the cheek at the convention. Doesn’t mean they’re item. I’ve done stupid things like that with close friends.

    • Raven says:

      When he went to that cafe in Helsinki, he was apparently with a friend (who took a picture of him and the barista). But it wasn’t specified if the friend was a man or a woman. It’s possible it was a business coffee, too. Oh well, either way I hope he had a good time. Lord knows he’s deserved a rest.

      • Morgan says:

        I’m thinking it was more than likely that it was business coffee. That’s all it seems this man does lately. Oh, did anyone see the photo on Twitter of Benedict kissing Louise on the cheek. They remind me of brother/sister or goofy friends. Unlike a lot of people, I don’t ship them, because they seem more like siblings to me.

        Oh crap, I think I may have started a rumor mill accidentally with the pic.

    • Shiv says:

      I said ‘lady friend’ i.e. an actual date…not a ‘mistress’?? It was my opinion and to be honest I hope he is enjoying someone’s company as he deserves all the happiness and fun in the world considering he works hard.

      Some say he was filming for Jaguar again, some say a romantic getaway, some say a 3 day (!) skiing holiday, lots of opinions. Who knows? What I do know though is his auburn curls were looking absolutely devine at yesterday’s convention, and I cant wait to hear what the secret project he is working on is!

      • :) says:

        I knew what you meant. It just sounds weird when people saying “lady friend.” Don’t say it a lot in the States.

        Anyways, I just don’t see how the man has any real time to date. Not with the way his schedule has been lately. Plus, did’t the man literally just say he was single? One thing after another. I imagine if he is dating anyone, they’ll be making an appearance sometime since he still has quite a few events in the works it seems.

        But, my bet is most likely work-related since this man seems to love to work more than anything else, and said he was enjoying being single. Who knows which is it though. I’m sure in some interview, they’ll ask him, and he’ll state what it was. He was probably with that one actor he has been going to pretty much everywhere with lately. The one that went to the movies with him a few weeks ago.

    • Mary says:

      He’s there for Jaguar. The friend he’s with at the cafe is a male. There’s a new article that specified the sex.

    • Mary says:

      He’s there to test Jaguar cars on ice with Nicholas Hoult.

      And he’s there with a “British male friend” according to this Finnish article.

  27. Something else says:

    According to convention stuff, it appears Benedict is working on another project that requires a special diet. That could explain the trip to Helsinki.

    There’s a tumblr page that seems to have up-to-date info about BC, there’s where I got that info. I wonder what the role is he’s preparing for, seems to be a top-secret one again. Cumberbatchweb if you wanna check out the site.

  28. MSTHANG says:

    Where can I see the Helsinki photo? Sorry, I’ll still think it’s the Russian chick but time will tell.

    • MSTHANG says:

      Forgot to say there’s a new article at the Daily Fail. They never fail to mention that he’s not classically handsome.

    • ;-) says:

      If you’re referring to the Russian chick that was at the private wedding with him, she’s lives with her long-term boyfriend. I think it was more of just a casual ski trip with a buddy, probably one of the guys he worked with on Little Flavour.

      If it were something romantic, I’m sure something will come about. But, this man has not to photographed with women publicly in a long time with the exception of the conventions. He’s always hanging out with male friends. I hope he’s still single, makes him more likable for some reason.

    • Raven says:

      She had already left Finland for Israel days before he arrived in Finland, and she’s been in Israel ever since. Therefore it must be a coincidence. What may not be a coincidence is that Nicholas Hoult was there at the same time Benedict was and filming an advert for Jaguar.

  29. Shiv says:

    The Russian chick is last years news. I believe that is something we will not hear about it again until she name drops him. Probably a holiday fling but she looks to be back with that boyfriend of hers (always has been likely).