LONDON – Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton, now known as HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, are on the list to attend the inaugural BAFTA Brits to Watch event, to take place July 9 at the Belasco Theater, Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter had reported last week that the couple would be attending a black-tie BAFTA/LA event.
Prince William, whose many crowns include that of president of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, will attend as part of his visit to California with his new wife.
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While many eyes will be trained on what Kate wears, the Royal couple will also be on hand to support the BAFTA push which aims to highlight the depth and range of British talent currently emerging in film, television and video games.
The evening event is expected to see the 42 emerging Brits, selected by an expert BAFTA panel, meet the Royal couple and mingle Hollywood notables.
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The event, with the support of the British Consulate-General in Los Angeles, aims to deepen and strengthen British and American partnerships across all areas of production, encouraging investment in U.K. talent and the U.K.'s production infrastructure.
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BAFTA Chairman Tim Corrie said: "We are incredibly excited by the prospect of bringing some of the most talented emerging Brits in film, television and video games to the attention of arguably the most important people in the moving image industries today." Nigel Lythgoe, chairman of BAFTA in Los Angeles, said: "This very special event is an excellent extension of BAFTA's charitable work in Los Angeles, and around the world.
Another big event for the royal couple will be also be the afternoon of July 9 when they attend the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, which is having a charity polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. Kate Middleton is expected to present the cup to the winning team.
When they arrive late in the afternoon of July 8th they'll attend the Venture Capital & New Media Summit at the Beverly Hilton; then a reception at the British Consulate in Hancock Park, where they'll be staying during their 3-day trip to L.A. On Sunday the 10th, they'll attend a private reception benefitting TUSK, an African conservation charity. Afterward they'll visit the Inner-City Arts School, a charity that assists children being brought up on Skid Row.