Prince William Emotional as Helen Mirren Honors Queen Elizabeth II at 2023 BAFTAs

Helen Mirren led the tribute to the late Queen at the 2023 BAFTA Awards

The 76th British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs) saw a beautiful moment, when Helen Mirren honored the late Queen Elizabeth in an emotional tribute.

The 77-year-old English actor, Dame Helen Mirren who played Queen Elizabeth in the 2006 film The Queen, delivered a special tribute during the annual award ceremony.

Prince William and Kate Middleton who were in the audience watched the emotion filled moment with the Prince’s eye beaming with tears. Mirren thanked the Queen for her “loyal support” of the British film industry.

“Cinema at its best does what Her Majesty did effortlessly – bring us together and unite us through a story. Your Majesty, you were our nation’s leading star”, Mirren said. “On behalf of Bafta, thank you for all that you have done for our film and television industry.”

“British film would not be where it is today without her loyal support. In 1952, her coronation had the world watching. From that time, she was unquestionably the nation’s leading lady, but as mysterious as a silent film star.”

A Montage was shown to the audience with several images of performers and a voiceover from the Queen, where she explained the importance of culture and the arts to society.

“Through the creative genius of artists, whether they be writers, actors, filmmakers, dancers or musicians, we can see both the range of our culture and the elements of our shared humanity”, the voice over said.

“Your majesty, you are our nation’s leading star. On behalf of BAFTA, thank you for all that you have done for our films and television industry”, concluded Mirren.

This is the first in-person appearance of Prince William and Kate Middleton at the BAFTAs since 2020.


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