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30 April 2013

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

HRH 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.

Event: EE British Academy Film Awards Venue: Royal Opera House Date: Sunday 16 February 2014 Host: Stephen Fry Area: CEREMONY

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).

Event: EE British Academy Film Awards Venue: Royal Opera House Date: Sunday 16 February 2014 Host: Stephen Fry Area: CEREMONY

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.

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.

Event: Meeting of Charities ForumDate: Monday 26th OctoberVenue: 195 PiccadillyAttended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry.Hosted by BAFTA and AardmanBAFTA/Jonathan Birch

Charities Forum

BAFTA and Aardman co-hosted an event for the young beneficiaries of the charities supported by TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the home of BAFTA in London in October 2015.

Visit the Charities Forum event press release for more information >

Event: YGD EventDate: 23 October 2015Venue: Abertay UniversityCredit	BAFTA/Alan RichardsonSource	BAFTA/Alan RichardsonAlan Richardson

BAFTA Young Games Designers Showcase

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met young beneficiaries of BAFTA’s support for new talent in the games industry during a visit to Dundee. The event included winners of a UK-wide game design competition, as well as current and former games students who are supported by BAFTA.

See the Young Games Designers Royal Visit press release for more information >

Chinese State Visit

China State Visit

HRH The Duke of Cambridge presented a gift to Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, during the President's State Visit to the United Kingdom on behalf of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The gift was presented at a showcase of UK creativity at Lancaster House.

Read the official Chinese State Visit press release here >

BAFTA President HRH The Duke of Cambridge presents BAFTA award to the Shanghai Film Museum

Shanghai Film Museum BAFTA Presentation

HRH The Duke of Cambridge presented a BAFTA to the Shanghai Film Museum as a donation to the museum’s collection in recognition of China’s rich film culture and as a symbol of BAFTA’s intentions to forge stronger links with the creative talent in the country during BAFTA's first visit to mainland China.

See the Shanghai Mask Presentation press release for more information >


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. 

Visit the 'Give Something Back' page for more information >

Scholarships 2014BAFTA/Jamie Simonds

Prince William Scholarships

In 2013, at the official opening of the Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, HRH 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's "Brits to watch in Partnership with Audi"BAFTA/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

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-present Duncan Kenworthy (Film)
2011-present Sophie Turner Laing (Television)