British Invasion: Prince William & Kate Middleton Dazzle at BAFTA Event, Polo Match

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Prince William and Kate Middleton took over Southern California yesterday.

After a day at the Santa Barbara polo fields, the newlyweds brought glamour, grace, star power and formal wear to the BAFTA Brits to Watch event.

Walking down the red carpet, Kate wore a lilac Alexander McQueen gown and earrings borrowed from the Queen, and William a classic black tux ...

Kate Middleton BAFTA Dress

"In terms of pure star quality, William and Kate are the biggest stars in the world," said Piers Morgan, among the guests at the hottest ticket in Hollywood.

How impressed were the celebs? In a town where your worth is gauged by how late you get to show up, the biggest names in showbiz were there early.

The best seats – at the table with the royal couple – went to Nicole Kidman, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, along with executives and diplomats.

Also attending were Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively, Dana Delany, Elizabeth Moss, Marie Louise Parker, Kristin Chenoweth, Jason Bateman, Elizabeth Banks, Jack Black, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Jonah Hill and Chris Evans.

Earlier in the day, Prince William and Kate Middleton brought their American tour to Santa Barbara for lunch and polo, and got a big celebrity welcome.

Rob Lowe, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Molly Sims, Joe Jonas, Zoe Saldana, Rosario Dawson and Billy Zane were on hand as the pair arrived by helicopter and walked across the lawn to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Carpinteria.

William and Catherine

"Catherine and I have had a busy few days so the prospect of being able to let loose this afternoon is wonderful for me," William said.

As for whether he'll return to Santa Barbara, the 29-year-old said, "That depends on the result out there today – I'm not a good loser."

Good news for Santa Barbara residents. As the lovely Catherine smiled and clapped, William scored four goals as his team won, 5-2.

Kate wore a silver and grey silk dress by Jenny Packham. Tickets cost up to $4,000 and celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis did the cooking!

[Photos: Fame Pictures]

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