Kate Middleton's BAFTAs look had a subtle nod to feminism you may have missed

The Duchess of Cambridge may not have worn black to the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday (and she received some criticism for it) but she did give a nod to women that you may not have noticed.

In honor of the Time's Up movement and the statement made on the Golden Globes red carpet, attendees at the BAFTAs were encouraged to wear all black in solidarity.

When Kate stepped out of the car and onto the red carpet, however, she was dressed in green.

The British royals are discouraged from making any political statements (and in fact do not even vote), and many speculated that Kate would avoid wearing black to the event, even if she might personally believe in the movement. She's there, after all, on behalf of the queen, and as such is not allowed to make any kind of statements.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Poo/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
The Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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The Duchess accessorized her stunning deep green Jenny Packham gown with a suite of emerald and diamond jewels believed to have been a wedding present. She wore the dazzling stones in a pair of earrings, a statement necklace, and a matching bracelet. We've seen a few of these pieces in the past -- the earrings and bracelet -- when Kate and William visited New York City.

And it's the jewels that say it all.

Immediately following the Golden Globe Awards, people weren't only talking about the black dresses and what they symbolized, but they also noticed that several celebrities accessorized with emerald jewelry. Emeralds, you see, are an important symbol of feminine power. They have been for an incredibly long time.

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton BAFTA Awards jewelryPhoto: Getty Images

"They nod to the power and creativity attributed to females since the dawn of time, and evoke the reverence with which women should be treated," said designer Anna Sheffield to the TODAY show back in January.

The color was also an important symbol of the suffragette movement, as a color of hope.

Kate may not have worn black, but we appreciate her subtle nod to the movement -- to women, and to hope. Faced with quite a "fashion dilemma," we think she pulled it off pretty darn well.

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