Will Prince William be attending the 2024 BAFTAs this weekend?

Prince William and Kate Middleton walk the red carpet at the BAFTAs in 2017
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This weekend will see the 2024 BAFTAs, and as the world gears up for the 77th British Academy Film Awards, people are eager to know who will be in attendance. 

Based on this year's BAFTA nominations, we can expect big turnouts from Oppenheimer and Poor Things, with 13 and 11 nominations respectively, and Killers of the Flower Moon and The Zone of Interest with nine nominations each. 

Also in attendance will undoubtedly be the star-studded casts of Barbie and Saltburn, with the two cult-classics earning five nods each.

One regular attendee who is also confirmed to be attending this year is the Prince of Wales - a staple at the annual awards since he became President of BAFTA in 2010.

The Princess of Wales will not be attending the star-studded ceremony, following her recent health issues, with the 42-year-old currently recovering from major abdominal surgery.

And while she is making a steady recovery, based on current medical advice, Princess Kate is not expected to return to royal duties until after Easter. 

Prince William however will be making a solo appearance, with Kensington Palace confirming the news today.

It was not an expected appearance, with Prince William only just returning to duties following a break to look after his family amid his wife's surgery. 

This also comes amid his father King Charles' cancer diagnosis, with Prince William stepping up his responsibilities while he receives treatment.

The Prince and Princess of Wales have been absent from the awards in the past, missing the BAFTAs in both 2021 and 2022. This was due to diary constraints in 2022, with the couple declining the invitation, while their 2021 absence was down to the tragic death of Prince Philip, with the couple forced to pull out.

We will continue to update this story.

Jenny Proudfoot
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