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30 April 2013
HRH Prince William arrives on the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2010 before his confirmation as the Academy's fifth President (BAFTA/Dave Dettman).BAFTA/Dave Dettman

HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, has been President of BAFTA since February 2010.

HRH Prince William, The Duke of CambridgeBAFTA/ Brian J Ritchie / Rex FeaturesHRH The Duke of Cambridge's appointment to BAFTA's presidency in February 2010 follows a long tradition of Royal involvement with BAFTA; all but one of BAFTA's presidents in its history have been members of the Royal Family.

HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, was the organisation's first president in 1959, a year after The British Film Academy (founded 1947) and the Guild of Television Producers and Directors merged to create the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA, a forerunner of BAFTA).

The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, The Duke of Edinburgh's uncle, took over the presidency from 1966, until HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, was named president from 1973, and remained in the post until 2000.

The Duke of Cambridge succeeded Lord Attenborough – the only non-Royal president of BAFTA to date – in 2010, to become the fifth in its history.

Visit the BAFTA's Royal Connections page for more information on the Royal Family's involvement with the Academy.

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The Duke of Cambridge, the current President of BAFTA, is supported by Vice Presidents Sophie Turner Laing (representing Television) and Duncan Kenworthy (representing Film).

HRH The Duke of Cambridge and BAFTA

Over the course of his presidency, the Duke has generously offered his time to help BAFTA raise awareness of our charitable activity.

Give Something BackBAFTA/ Jonathan Birch

Give Something Back

In November 2013, HRH The Duke of Cambridge officially launched BAFTA's ‘Give Something Back’ industry campaign, calling for BAFTA members, award winners and industry organisations to contribute towards BAFTA’s charitable activities. During his visit, he met with young beneficiaries, including schoolchildren at a games design workshop.

Read the official 'Give Something Back' press release to find out more >

Prince William at Warner BrosRex Features

Prince William Scholarships

In 2013, at the official opening of the Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, The Duke of Cambridge announced the launch of Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros.

Read the official Prince William Scholarships press release for more information >

BAFTA Brits to Watch 2011BAFTA/ Stewart Cook

BAFTA Brits to Watch

In 2011, TRH The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge supported the inaugural BAFTA Brits to Watch event California, USA, whilst on their post-wedding tour of North America and Canada.

Visit the 'BAFTA Brits to Watch' page for more information >

Patronages and the Charities Forum

As well as being President of BAFTA, The Duke - along with his wife The Duchess of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry - is the president or patron of a number of other organisations, collectively known as the Charities Forum, in which BAFTA plays an active role. Their Royal Highnesses support causes that reflect issues they care about, both at home and abroad.

Further information on those organisations can be found on their websites, via the links below.

1851 Trust 100 Women in Hedge Funds Action on Addiction The Army
The Art Room Centrepoint Child Bereavement Charity Dolen Cymru

Dolen Cymru

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices English Schools Swimming Association The Football Association The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry
The National Memorial Arboretum Future Foundations Appeal Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple MapAction
Mountain Rescue Council of England and Wales National Portrait Gallery Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge The Royal Air Force
The Royal Marsden Hospital The Royal Navy The Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation
Sentebale Skill Force St Giles Trust 50th Anniversary Year
St Giles Trust
50th Anniversary Year
Tusk Trust
University of St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Appeal
600th Anniversary
WellChild The Welsh Rugby Union

Past Presidents and Vice Presidents


1959 – 1965 HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
1966 – 1972 The Earl Mountbatten of Burma
1972 – 2000 HRH Princess Anne (1987 - HRH The Princess Royal)
2002 – 2010 Lord Attenborough
2010 – present HRH Prince William (2011- HRH The Duke of Cambridge)

Vice Presidents

1973 – 1995 Sir Richard Attenborough (1993 – Lord Attenborough)
1995 – 2004 Lord Puttnam
2004 – 2011 Michael Grade
2009 Duncan Kenworthy (Film)
2011 Sophie Turner Laing (Television)