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"The Prince has been very busy, but he has made time in his diary on a Sunday to be there," a source tells me. The Prince won't be accompanied by his wife, Kate. As I revealed recently, the couple are planning more solo engagements in order to fulfill as many commitments as possible. As well as being guest of honor, Prince William will present actress Dame Helen Mirren with the Academy Fellowship, the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy. Of course Dame Helen is most famous for her amazing portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in The Queen by Stephen Frears, for which she won an Oscar in 2007.
She once claimed to be "nothing like the Queen… I am not all scones and teacups, I'm more biscuits and D-cups" but William is privately said to have thought Dame Helen bore an uncanny resemblance to his grandmother.
Amanda Berry OBE, chief executive of BAFTA, said: "We are delighted to welcome our president back to the EE British Academy Film Awards. The Duke loves film and he is incredibly supportive of the work BAFTA does."
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