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Prince William to present Helen Mirren with Fellowship Award at this year’s BAFTAS

Prince William is to attend this year’s BAFTA awards at The Royal Opera House in London.

The Duke of Cambridge will attend as President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on February 16.

During the evening, the Prince will meet representatives of the awards and watch the award ceremony, which is one of the highlights of the award season.

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William will also present Dame Helen Mirren, who famously won an Oscar and Bafta for playing his grandmother, The Queen, with the Fellowship award.

Earlier this year, Helen revealed she was overwhelmed by the award, which has previously been award to Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Speilberg and Elizabeth Taylor.

“This is the greatest professional honour I can imagine, certainly one I never dreamt of as a schoolgirl in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.”

The Duke, who will be attending the event without the Duchess of Cambridge, has been president of the Academy since February 2010 and has helped launched many BAFTA programmes including the ‘Give Something Back’ campaign.

The campaign, which launched in October 2013, was set up to support young people from all backgrounds in entering the film, television and gaming world.

This year’s BAFTA awards sees Gravity lead with 11 nominations, while 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle follow behind with 10.

The awards will be presented by Steven Fry and screened on BBC on February 16.

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