Every time the royals stunned at the BAFTA Awards over the years

It wouldn't be Britain's night of nights without a glamorous dose of royalty.
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There’s only one thing more quintessentially British than the BAFTA awards themselves – and that’s when the royal family actually walk the red carpet at the event.

Indeed, the British royal family have a long history with the UK’s most prestigious film and television awards, dating all the way back to 1959, when Prince Philip was appointed its first president.

Since then we have had the pleasure of of seeing a number of royal family members attend the glitzy event, and with the 2024 BAFTA Awards  taking place today, we can’t help but reminisce.

Prince William is the current president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, so the royal dad-of-three also has the important duty of presenting the Fellowship award.

But Catherine and William are far from being the first royals to walk the BAFTAs red carpet – and luckily for us, there’s plenty of evidence to prove it.

Ahead of this year’s event we’ve found all the glamorous pictures of the royals at the BAFTAs – and it’s a sight to behold.

Keep scrolling for some pure visual joy.

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As Catherine is recovering from abdominal surgery, Prince William attended this year’s BAFTA awards solo. The Prince of Wales looked dapper in a slick blue velvet tuxedo as he rubbed shoulders with David Beckham and our very own Cate Blanchett.

“Always a pleasure to join the best of the film industry at The @bafta Awards,” Prince William’s official social media account posted. “Congratulations to all of this evening’s nominees and winners! #EEBAFTAs.”


For the 2020 BAFTA awards, Kate championed sustainable fashion choices by rewearing this Alexander McQueen dress she debuted in 2012 during her royal tour of Singapore, Malaysia, and the Solomon Islands. She styled the white and gold dress with eye-catching pumps and Van Cleef and Arpels jewellery for the awards ceremony.

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Kate stepped out in the gown of our dreams at the 2019 BAFTA Awards. The elegant one-shouldered dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, captured our attention in the best way – Wills is a lucky man!

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And in a sweet nod to her late mother-in-law, Kate accessorised with a beautiful pair of pearl earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana. Coveting!

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Looking sharp, Prince William and Duchess Catherine were the picture of class as they stepped out at the 2018 BAFTAs. Kate, who was pregnant with Prince Louis at the time, looked divine in a moss green Jenny Packham dress.

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Also in attendance at the glitzy event in 2018 was Princess Beatrice, who added an extra layer of warmth over her red dress. We can’t blame her, Britain was in the throes of winter! (Image: Getty)

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In 2017, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge again proved that they really are regular fixtures at this glamorous event.

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On the night, Kate cut an elegant figure in a stunning Alexander McQueen design with floral detailing.

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In 2014, Wills flew solo for the awards event, looking every bit the dapper Prince we know him to be!

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In 2013, the Queen herself was gifted an honorary award by the association for her support from various patronages. The then 87-year-old looked radiant in a muted-toned ensemble.

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And in a BAFTA moment for the ages, the Cambirdges put on a seamless display in 2011 (just a few months after their wedding!) as they graced the red carpet in LA where a gala was held.

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Kate’s stunning Alexander McQueen dress is possibly one of our favourite looks on the Duchess of all time!

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The name’s William… barely a year before he sealed the deal with Kate, Prince William was the image of handsome as he attended the BAFTAs in 2010.

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Much like Wills and Kate, Princess Anne has also enjoyed attending the awards event over the years. Pictured here in 1994 with her husband Commander Tim Laurence, the pair looked set for a glam night out.

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In 1979, Princess Anne, who was in her late twenties at the time, looked chic in a pleated gown and pearl choker necklace.

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Old Hollywood at its finest! A 21-year-old Princess Anne was the image of elegance in this green and white frock when she attended the British event in 1971.

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