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Prince William at the 2020 Baftas

Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the prince and princess of Wales, will attend the Bafta Film Awards on Sunday, February 19, marking their first attendance at the event since before the pandemic.

William will watch the ceremony alongside Catherine in his role as Bafta president. He will then meet the category winners and EE Rising Star Award nominees following the show, according to Kensington Palace, which handles media relations for the royal family.

William has been Bafta president since 2010, and has typically attended the flagship film awards; however he and his wife have missed the last two ceremonies, last attending in 2020.

He did not deliver a scheduled video address in 2021 due to the death of his grandfather the day before the ceremony; and missed last year’s ceremony due to ‘diary constraints’, according to a royal spokesperson.

The 2023 Bafta ceremony will take place on February 19 at London’s Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank this year, in a change from the regular Royal Albert Hall venue.

It will be broadcast on BBC One from 7pm, with the final four awards broadcast live for the first time.

As previously announced, Richard E. Grant will host the ceremony, with presenter Alison Hammond providing backstage and winners access through a new Bafta studio.