James Middleton brings dog Ella as his red carpet date to the GQ Awards

The annual GQ Men of the Year Awards were held Tuesday night in London -- and one of the most exciting moments of the night had to be James Middleton's surprising red carpet date.

Duchess Kate's younger brother arrived at the Tate Modern looking handsome as ever in a plush red suede tuxedo, alongside a familiar furry face: his cocker spaniel, Ella. The adorable pup, a trained therapy dog, walked alongside the 32-year-old in a tartan "Pets as Therapy" vest in support of the UK charity Pets As Therapy.

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James Middleton arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/09/03: James Middleton attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards held at the Tate Modern, Bankside in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: James Middleton attends the the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at the Tate Modern on September 3, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for HUGO BOSS)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/09/03: James Middleton attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards held at the Tate Modern, Bankside in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
James Middleton arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: (L to R) Sebastian Stan, BOSS Chief Brand Officer Ingo Wilts, HUGO BOSS UK Managing Director Stephan Born and James Middleton attend the the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at the Tate Modern on September 3, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for HUGO BOSS)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: James Middleton attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: James Middleton attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: James Middleton attends the the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at the Tate Modern on September 3, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for HUGO BOSS)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: James Middleton attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: James Middleton attends the the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at the Tate Modern on September 3, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for HUGO BOSS)
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"Both very handsome!" wrote one commenter on a photo Middleton shared to Instagram. "You are a great ambassador for mental health @jmidy Thank you James! We all admire and respect you 🙌👏💚," said another. 

Middleton, who mainly stays away from the spotlight, has opened up about his struggles with mental health in the past and how his five dogs, Ella, Zulu, Inka, Luna and Mabel, have helped him cope with depression

“Fundamentally inside me I know how much the dogs helped me. I find it easier talking to the dogs than I sometimes do to humans,” he said to The Standard earlier this month, later adding that Ella had accompanied him to all his therapy sessions. 

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“With just putting dogs in the right places in hospitals and mental health centres, you really break through because people just chat about the dog, and you have conversations," he continued about the power of the animal.

He concluded: “All I’m trying to do is to say that talking about mental health should be part of an everyday conversation, the same way that if I said ‘I have hayfever’ it would be a normal discussion. Mental health should be as easy to talk about as that, as opposed to it being this behind-closed-doors type of conversation.”

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GQ Men of the Year Awards 2019: Red carpet arrivals
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Rita Ora attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)
Nicole Kidman arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: David Beckham, Victoria Beckham and Brooklyn Beckham attend GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 in association with HUGO BOSS at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hugo Boss)
James Middleton arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Naomi Campbell attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern on September 03, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Elle Fanning arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Sam Smith arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Winnie Harlow arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Gordon & Tanya Ramsey arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Kylie Minogue arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Richard Madden arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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Iggy Pop arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Patrick Stewart arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Debbie Harry arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Michael Sheen arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Adwoa Aboah arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Ella Eyre arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Leomie Anderson arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Danny O'Donoghue & Mark Sheehan arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Charlotte De Carle arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Gary Kemp arrives on the red carpet of GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2019 at Tate Modern London (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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