Entertainment BAFTA 2021 Film Awards pays tribute to former president Prince Philip
Who he was, what he did and why he mattered
He was the man beside Queen Elizabeth II - and arguably the world's most famous husband.He spent seven decades in the shadow of his wife, the UK's Queen Elizabeth II - but his force of personality meant he would never be simply a professional spouse.
The British Film Academy has paid tribute to the late Prince Philip during Sunday's star-studded Awards ceremony.
Hosts Dermot O'Leary and Edith Bowman read a touching message which explained that the royal had a 'very special place in BAFTA history' after he served as the first president from 1959 to 1965.
Prince Philip died at the age of 99 on Friday and his grandson the Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge is the academy's current president.
Dermot, 47, started the tribute saying: 'Before we start tonight we want to say that on behalf of BAFTA, we are extremely saddened by the passing of his royal highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on Friday.
The man who wouldn't be king
They met as children, at his cousin's wedding. Philip and Elizabeth's paths would eventually cross again, but in the years before they became an iconic couple, the blue-eyed, ash-blond boy earned a reputation as a ladies' man and distinguished naval officer.The groom barely stole a glance as they walked up the aisle.
'The Duke was BAFTA's very first president over 60 years ago and was the first royal patron, a line that goes all the way through to BAFTA's current president, his grandson the Duke of Cambridge.
Edith, 47, then paid her respects and continued: 'It was Prince Philip and her Majesty the Queen's support throughout these years that in many ways allowed BAFTA, a leading charity in the arts, to continue in difficult times and to be here today in 2021.
'The Duke of Edinburgh occupies a very special place in BAFTA history and he will be missed. Our thoughts are with the royal family.'
Clara Amfo also took a moment to pay tribute to the late Prince Philip during the first night of the BAFTAs on Saturday.
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Speaking directly to the camera, Clara read out the same tribute as Sunday's hosts and honoured the late Duke's contribution to the academy.
Current BAFTA President Prince William was due to be making an appearance on both Saturday and Sunday, however will no longer be featuring in the event.
He was to deliver a speech via video, celebrating the resilience of the film industry over the past year.
BAFTA said in a statement: 'In light of the Duke of Edinburgh's passing, the Duke of Cambridge will no longer be part of BAFTA programming this weekend.
Prince Philip's big royal influence
The real Prince Philip - Ingrid Seward's biography, Prince Philip Revealed, unveiled the real Duke of Edinburgh - and what really made the royal consort tick. In light of Prince Philip's passing at the age of 99, The Weekly are revisiting this feature story on the real Duke Of Edinburgh from our November 2020 issue, four months before his death on April 9: According to Ingrid Seward, the image of Prince Philip delivered in hit TV drama The Crown is way off beam. "The actor Matt Smith, who played him in the first two series, missed Philip's big personality and I think wasn't nearly strong enough," she says.
'Our thoughts are with the royal family, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy at this time'.
The Duke of Edinburgh was BAFTA's first president, serving from 1959 to 1965, and continued to support the organisation throughout his life.
Prince Philip was named president in 1959, one year after the British Film Academy and the Guild of Television Producers and Directors merged to create the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA), a forerunner of BAFTA.
He was also present at the official opening of BAFTA's headquarters in London, after he and the Queen gave their share of the profits from the 1969 documentary Royal Family to the SFTA.
The 2021 BAFTAs saw Frances McDormand win the leading actress gong for her role in Nomadland while Anthony Hopkins was named as best actor for The Father.
Prince William withdraws from BAFTA ceremony
Prince William is set to miss the BAFTA ceremony following the death of his grandad.The 38-year-old royal was due to deliver a speech at the annual awards show, via a video link, but he has withdrawn from the event following the passing of Prince Philip.
Other winners on the night included Daniel Kaluuya as supporting actor in Judas and the Black Messiah and Korean star Yuh-Jung Youn in the supporting actress category for film Minari.
The BAFTA and EE British Academy Film Awards 2021 is the first of the Academy's film ceremonies to be held virtually.
The TV version of the awards show took place online during summer 2020, but last year's film ceremony managed to go ahead a month before the Covid pandemic forced the UK into lockdown.
With the pandemic still raging, another change will take place this year: the BAFTAs will happen in two parts.
Both shows, recognising the very best in film of the past year, will be broadcast virtually from London's Royal Albert Hall. The first show celebrates the craft of film while the second main show will feature the mainstream awards.
BAFTA has announced their most diverse list of nominees in the awards' 74-year history.
In a first for BAFTA, four women have been nominated in the Director category. Three of the nominated directors are also nominated for Film Not in the English Language.
A Look Back At Prince Philip's Most Fashionable Moments
Prince Philip passed away on April 9, 2021, and in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II's husband, we take a look back at his life. The Royal Family have long been influences on the global fashion scene—yes, including before the rise of social media—and while we usually turn our attention to the likes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, there has been one member largely overlooked: the late Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9, 2021, with Buckingham Palace confirming the news via a statement from Queen Elizabeth, who had been married to the royal for 74 years.
As part of BAFTA’s pledge to support fresh talent, four of the five nominated films in Outstanding Debut are also nominated across other categories, with first-time nominees accounting for four of the six nominated Directors and 21 of the 24 nominees in the performance categories.
British talent is rife in 2021, with the Outstanding British Film category increasing from six to 10 nominations, three of which are also nominated for Best Film.
Prince Philip wore wedding shoes throughout his life .
Prince Philip re-wore his beloved wedding shoes through his life, his close friend has revealed.CBI president Lord Karan Bilimoria, a close friend of the late royal - who will be laid to rest at Windsor Castle today (17.04.21) - has paid a touching tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on April 9 at the age of 99.