The London premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Golden Globe nominated epic War Horse, became a Royal affair as Wills and Kate walked the rain-dampened red carpet in Leicester Square on Sunday.

Joey is the mane attraction at War Horse Premiere

But even the Duchess of Cambridge couldn’t eclipse the thoroughbred, Joey, who seemed undeterred by the showbiz glitz and glamour as he walked the carpet. This was no doubt a by-product of the two months training he had prior to filming, preparing him for the explosions and loud noises he would face during the shoot. In comparison, flashing cameras and loud screaming must be a doddle.

His trainer Dan Naprous said at the premiere: “The premiere itself was great, and Joey certainly got a lot of attention as he walked down the red carpet.”

The First World War epic is based on the West End play that in turn was inspired by Michael Morpurgo’s novel. The tale centres on young Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his relationship with his horse, Joey. When Joey is sold to the cavalry, Albert enlists in the  hope that they will be reunited on the battlefields of Europe.

It is a touching tale that is thought to have reduced Kate to tears. Spielberg who sat next to the new Royal during the screening, claims:

“I was sitting next to her and my wife, who was on my right, passed a Kleenex right across my face.”

The premiere was attended by 600 serving and ex-serving military personnel and their families. The director, who is supportive of the armed forces, has made many war films in the past, including 1998’s Saving Private Ryan.

“I make my movies about war so that their contribution will never be forgotten,” he says. It sounds as though we’re not likely to forget with this tear-jerker either.

War Horse stars a host of British names including Emily Watson, David Thewlis and Benedict Cumberbatch, and Spielberg admits the film is: “British through and through.”

War Horse opens across the UK Friday 13th January 2012.

Click to see bigger image of Kate and Wills at the War Horse Premiere:

Wills and Kate brave the rain for the War Horse premiere in Leicester Square

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