Earlier this evening Sir Kenneth Branagh presented the honorary award to Her Majesty the Queen at a reception for the British film industry hosted by Her Majesty at Windsor Castle. The award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is in recognition of The Queen’s outstanding patronage of the film and television industries.
The Queen’s support through her various patronages of industry organisations has long been recognised, having been patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts , the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund , and the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (for which money has been raised by Royal Film Performances ) since 1952. Over the years, The Queen has visited countless film and television organisations, supporting their efforts by shining a light on the work they do. More recently, The Queen starred in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond .
In the early 1970s, Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh made the generous decision to gift the royalties from Richard Cawston’s documentary Royal Family to BAFTA, thus enabling the organisation to move into its famous headquarters at 195 Piccadilly , which has remained its home ever since.
BAFTA has enjoyed a long history of involvement and support from the Royal Family, dating from 1959 when HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, was appointed its first President . Since then, The Earl Mountbatten of Burma (The Duke’s uncle) and HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal have been Presidents of the Academy. HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, became its fifth President in 2010, a post he currently holds.