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

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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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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 jewelry
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton BAFTA Awards jewelry

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"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.