Royalty Honors WB Studios Leavesden

29 Apr 2013 - By TW Staff

(Pictured above: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales (center) attend the inauguration of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden. L-R: Jeff Bewkes, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc.; Kevin Tsujihara, CEO of Warner Bros; Barry M. Meyer, Chairman of Warner Bros. and Josh Berger, CBE, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain.)

On April 26, Warner Bros. received special recognition when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attended the official inauguration of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the U.K. As president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Prince William delivered a brief speech and presided over the inauguration. The Hollywood Reporter noted that Prince William joked during his speech that he'd like to "borrow" the Studio's Batmobile for the weekend and asked if it came with a baby seat.

“The journey to today began most obviously with the now-legendary story of an aspiring author, J.K. Rowling, translating her phenomenal imagination on to paper in the form of the Harry Potter series. But in another sense, the journey to today began way before, as this country has a long and proud literary and visual arts history - a history unmatched in the world for its variety, commercial success and longevity," Prince William said during the speech.

Their Royal Highnesses also took time to enjoy a special tour of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, which recently received a 2013 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement. On the day of the inauguration, the Studio also announced the launch of Warner Bros. Creative Talent, a new program that invests in skills and training for the U.K.’s creative industries. In partnership with BAFTA, the new program will also provide three annual Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games.

See photos from the Royal visit below, including a virutal ride on the legendary Bat-pod.