Prince William presented Dame Helen Mirren with the BAFTA Fellowship award on Sunday evening.
The Duke of Cambridge, who attended the EE BAFTA Awards without the Duchess, took to the stage to honour the 68-year-old actress with the coveted prize.
Joining a host of Hollywood stars including Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio and Amy Adams, the Prince looked dapper in a black tux as he arrived on the red carpet to cheering roars from awaiting fans.Attending in his role as President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Prince took the time to speak to fans before moving inside the Opera House, where he met representatives from the Academy before taking his seat in the front row to watch the ceremony.
Taking to the stage, the Prince joked “An actress I should probably call Granny,” as he referenced Dame Helen’s Oscar and BAFTA award-winning role in the The Queen.
Speaking after receiving the Fellowship, Dame Helen took the time to praise the royal: “A great honour – I’ve never met him before and he’s very sweet and charming. He’s great.”
Past winners have included Judi Dench and David Attenborough. “This is the greatest professional honour I can imagine,” Dame Helen said last month. “Certainly one I never dreamt of as a schoolgirl in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.”
Tomorrow, the actress will meet The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge as she attends a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the arts.
Prince William is currently studying a bespoke agriculture course at Cambridge University, but has had a busy week of engagements which has seen him highlight the need to stop the illegal wildlife trade.
The Duke, who attended the event solo as the Duchess of Cambridge stayed home with Prince George, 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 saw 12 Years a Slave win Best Film, while Cate Blanchett scooped the prize for Best Actress.