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Kate Middleton and Prince William to Attend 2017 BAFTAs

Variety logo Variety 1/27/2017 Seth Kelley
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, will attend the 2017 BAFTAs.

William, who has served as President of BAFTA since 2010, and the Middleton will walk the red carpet at London’s Royal Albert Hall and attend the awards ceremony, according to a release issued by the Academy on Friday. The Duke will also present the BAFTA Fellowship, the awards’ lifetime achievement award.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are fantastic supporters of BAFTA. We very much look forward to welcoming Their Royal Highnesses at the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 12 February,” said Amanda Berry OBE and Chief Executive of BAFTA.

This announcement follows a story published in the Sun, a U.K. tabloid, that claimed drama behind the scenes. The article asserts that Middleton, who has not attended the past two years, would skip out on this year’s as well for fear that she would “outshine A-list actresses.” BAFTA has called the claims in the article “nonsense.”

The 2017 BAFTAs will be hosted by Stephen Fry on Feb. 12 and will be broadcast on BBC One.

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