Prince William honours Dame Helen Mirren with BAFTA Fellowship Award
Prince William presented Dame Helen Mirren with a BAFTA Fellowship award at the EE BAFTA awards. Having been introduced by the evening's host Stephen Fry as Prince will.i.am, the Duke of Cambridge took to the stage with actor Jeremy Irons.
Referring to the fact that Helen, 68, has played the role of Queen Elizabeth II both on stage and on film, he described her as "An extremely talented actress, whom I should probably call granny."
Dame Helen started her acceptance speech by blowing a kiss to her husband Taylor Hackford, who was unable to attend the ceremony.
She said the prestigious BAFTA lifetime achievement award gave her "encouragement to carry on".
Helen won a BAFTA, an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her lead role in 2006 film The Queen, so receiving the award from the Monarch's grandson was extra special.
"I think it feels pretty amazing actually, because I don't think he'd do it if the royal family felt I had messed up," she said. "So I hope it's a sign they don't think I messed up. But I don't know, and I will never know for sure."
She has also revealed that she can’t quite believe her luck. "This is the greatest professional honour I can imagine, certainly one I never dreamt of as a schoolgirl in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex," she said. "To join that list of legendary names is overwhelming."
The BAFTA Fellowship has been awarded since 1971 and previous recipients have included Laurence Olivier and Charlie Chaplin.
Prince William, who as royal protocall dictates was the last to arrive at the ceremony, had previously watched the previous BAFTA presentations from his seat in the Royal Opera House’s auditorium. He received a high five from British rapper Tinie Tempah who performed at the start of the show with singer Laura Mvula.