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9 of Our Absolute Favorite Royal Appearances at the BAFTAs

If there’s one thing you can almost always count on, it’s an appearance by at least one member of the royal family at the annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (BAFTAs).

While Prince William and Princess Kate have been absent from the BAFTAs for the previous two years (in 2021 due to Prince Philip’s passing and in 2022 due to “diary constraints,” per Variety), Kensington Place did confirm that the couple will be in attendance at the award ceremony this year, which will take place on Sunday, February 19 at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Of the five presidents who have taken charge of the annual awards over the course of the BAFTAs’ seven decades of existence, four have been members of the royal family. Prince William has presided as president of the BAFTAs since 2010, and prior to his occupation of the leadership position, Princess Anne oversaw the awards from 1973 to 2001, and prior to her occupation of the role, Prince Philip was appointed president from 1959 to 1965 — he was actually the first person to fill the prestigious position.

Prince Philip’s uncle, the Earl Mountbatten of Burma, also filled the role from 1966 to 1972. The only non-royal president of the BAFTAs was Lord Attenborough, who presided from 2002 to 2010.

In honor of the 2023 British Academy Film Awards — basically the British equivalent of the Oscars — we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite royal appearances at the annual event. From 2020 all the way back to 1963, some of the best moments include a little glitz, a lot of glam, and a whole lot of Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen.

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