Princes William and Harry will meet actor Mark Hamill, who has become popular by his screen name Luke Skywalker during their tour of the Star Wars set Tuesday. The British royals will be accompanied by Daisy Ridley who plays Rey in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and its upcoming sequels. The team is currently filming “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”
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William, 33, and his brother Harry, 31, will visit the set in the capacity of the elder prince being the president of BAFTA. They will be given a private tour of the film set at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire. Their visit will highlight the wealth of British talent involved in the production of the Star Wars films.
Kensington Palace said Tuesday’s visit would celebrate Star Wars’ “fantastic British creative talent.” It will be William’s first engagement following his return from a royal tour of India and Bhutan with his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. The duo will visit production workshops and be introduced to the specialist creative teams working behind the scenes on the films.
They will also be shown the production process for some of the most iconic props, costumes and creatures used in the new Star Wars movies — including the original lightsaber. The cast are now preparing to film “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which sees the return of the film's major cast members, such as Lupita Nyong’o and Domhnall Gleeson, among others. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was one of the highest grossing films of all time and showed the quality of British production, design and acting.
Meanwhile, this week, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 90th birthday on Thursday. The royal will attend two events on her milestone birthday along with her husband Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh. An orange drizzle cake with orange curd and buttercream is being baked for the queen by Nadiya Hussain, winner of the “Great British Bake Off.”
The monarch will also dine with U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on Friday.