11/28/2011

Kate and Will party with the press after daring sea rescue

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Prince William chats with his media guests during a reception at Buckingham Palace held by Queen Elizabeth to mark next year's Diamond Jubilee. (Getty Images)

Fresh from a long day of search and rescue, Prince William joined his wife Kate and other royals on Monday night at the Queen's reception for 350 media types at Buckingham Palace.

The party for journalists, boradcasters and bloggers was a kind of jumping off point for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration in 2012 marking her 60 years on the throne. Now that the media found itself on royal turf, they seemed to behave impeccibly, with smiles all around.

It was an especially pleasing day for Prince William, who helped rescue two Russian sailors in the Irish Sea on Sunday after their cargo ship sank in gale-force winds. He co-piloted the Sea King helicopter that was one of the first on the scene of the disaster that claimed at least one life with five other sailors still missing. His actions earned special thanks from the Russian ambassador to Britain.

One of the media throng tweeted that William kept a modest tone when asked about the rescue mission, saying he was "just part of the team."

The Queen, Prince Philip and Camilla were among the other senior royals who waded into the media throng at the Palace's East Gallery. Missing in action was Prince Harry, who returned to the UK on Sunday after two months of Apache helicopter training in U.S.

The last time the Queen hosted such a media event at the Palace was 2002 for her Golden Jubilee year.

For all the wardrobe watchers, Kate wore a green silk pleated dress from Mulberry decorated with peace signs. Price tag: $2,200.

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The Duchess of Cambridge meets guests during a reception held by Queen Elizabeth for members of the media to mark next year's Diamond Jubilee. (Getty Images)

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip greet BBC radio host Fearne Cotton during a reception for members of the media at Buckingham Palace. (Reuters)

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