Prince William was absent from the 74th annual British Academy Film Awards following the death of his grandfather Prince Philip.
Variety first confirmed William’s departure from the awards ceremony early Saturday morning, a day after Buckingham Palace announced Philip’s death.
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“In light of the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, the Duke of Cambridge will no longer be part of BAFTA programming this weekend,” BAFTA’s statement told Variety.
The Film Academy continued its two-night event, hosted by TV presenters Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary on BBC One.
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William has been president of the BAFTA since 2010 and usually makes an appearance with his wife Kate Middleton.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have not spoken publicly about Philip’s death, but the royal couple honored him with a re-release of the photo and a statement released by Buckingham Palace.
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“It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the statement read alongside a portrait in black and white of Philip. “Her Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
Decades before William assumed a leadership role at BAFTA, the Duke of Edinburgh became the organization’s first president in 1959.
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In a statement released on Friday, the BAFTA carefully chronicled Philip’s dedication to the arts.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, whose close association with the Academy has lasted for more than 60 years,” part of the statement said. “The Duke holds a special place in the history of the Academy and will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to the Royal Family, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy.”
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Philip entered the British royal family when he married Queen Elizabeth II in 1947. He died at the age of 99 on April 9, 2021.
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