Acting royalty and, well, actual royalty will unite on stage next week at the Bafta Film Awards when Prince William presents Dame Helen Mirren with her Bafta Fellowship.
The Duke of Cambridge – who is the current president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – will hand the British actress, best known for portraying his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, her prestigious accolade during a ceremony taking place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 16 February.
Mirren will follow in the footsteps of previous recipients David Attenborough, Judi Dench, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg who have all been awarded for their lifetime achievements in performing arts.
The 68-year-old remains the only actress to have portrayed both Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II and recently won critical acclaim – and an Olivier Award – for her performance as the latter in Peter Morgan’s stage production The Audience.
Speaking of next week’s presentation, Mirren said, “”This is the greatest professional honour I can imagine, certainly one I never dreamt of as a schoolgirl in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. To join that list of legendary names is overwhelming.”