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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the UK Premiere of 'War Horse' in aid of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, at a central London cinema on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. (DreamWorks SKG)

Kate Middleton, known formally as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William made a surprise appearance on the red carpet at the UK premiere of Steven Spielberg's film "War Horse" at the Odeon cinema in London on Sunday, January 8.

The event took place a day before the 30th birthday of the duchess. Kate, who has become a fashion icon, wore a black lace Alice by Temperley gown with a plunging neckline.

Upon arrival on the red carpet, Prince William, was offered a plastic umbrella by an assistant but declined, opting instead of carry another one and hold it for his wife. The two whisked by photographers and journalists and later greeted Spielberg and cast members such as Emma Watson, Jeremy Irvine and Tom Hiddleston inside the theater.

Kate is not planning a big birthday bash, palace officials have said, adding that the duchess plans to have a "low-key and private" affair. She is several months older than her husband, who will turn 30 in June. The two will celebrate their one-year anniversary in April.

Kate, who was last year voted to be one of the "Most Trusted Celebrities," and William have appeared at celebrity events before. The two attended the inaugural BAFTA Brits to Watch 2011 event in Los Angeles during a U.S. visit in July.

'WAR HORSE' NOMINATED FOR GOLDEN GLOBE

"War Horse" contains a mostly British cast but only opens officially in the United Kingdom on January 13. It hit theaters in the United States in December.

Irvine, 21, plays Albert, a British boy who bonds with a horse named Joey. When his father sells Joey to a British military captain at the start of World War I in a desperate attempt to provide for his impoverished family, Albert sets off to try and get him back. Emily Watson plays the boy's mother.

"I think it's such a potent combination of an animal, an innocent animal and a savage, savage war," Watson told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "A savage and pointless war and putting this animal into the middle of it. And an animal we've learned to love, because we've learned to love him through the eyes of a boy. They're like star-crossed lovers in a way, and we desperately want them to be together."

Irvine told OnTheRedCarpet.com he thinks his character and Joey are more like siblings.

"War Horse" and another 2011 movie, "The Adventures of Tintin," are the first films Spielberg has directed since the release of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in 2008, although the Oscar winner has kept busy producing and developing other movies and television shows.

"I really wanted to make 'War Horse' because I think it says a lot about courage," he said in an interview in December. "The courage of the boy and what he endures and what he overcomes to achieve what he needs, not just for himself but for his best friend Joey. And it's also about the courage and the tenacity of this extraordinary animal."

"War Horse" is nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama. The annual ceremony takes place on January 15. It is up against "Rampart," "The Help," "Hugo," "The Ides of March," "The Descendants" and "Moneyball." (See a full list of Golden Globe nominations).

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