King Charles Reaffirms Support for British Film Institute

Exploring King Charles's deep-rooted ties to cinematic history

by Zain ul Abedin
King Charles Reaffirms Support for British Film Institute
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In a significant cultural announcement, King Charles III has reaffirmed his support for the British Film Institute (BFI), continuing a royal tradition that underscores his longstanding commitment to the film industry. This renewal coincides with the 25th anniversary of the BFI IMAX in London, a landmark event that saw then Prince Charles inaugurate the venue on June 11, 1999.

The BFI, a beacon of British cinema and a registered charity since 1933, has flourished under royal patronage, which it has enjoyed since 1983 under a Royal Charter. The institute celebrated a memorable visit from King Charles in 2018 at the BFI Southbank.

The occasion marked 40 years of his patronage, during which he engaged with key figures including BFI Chief Executive Ben Roberts, actors Ruth Wilson, Hayley Atwell, and David Oyelowo OBE, as well as BFI Ambassador Tom Hiddleston.

Royal Film Heritage

During his visit, King Charles was presented with artifacts of cinematic history, such as Peter Sellers’ annotated script for The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) and promotional materials from one of his favorite films, The Pink Panther.

These interactions highlight his genuine passion for the craft and history of filmmaking. The BFI also plays a crucial role in preserving the Royal Film Collection, which includes over 1,000 reels dating back to 1931. This collection features invaluable historical footage and has been highlighted in recent documentaries such as Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen (2022) and Charles R: The Making of a Monarch (2023), offering unique insights into royal life and history.

Ben Roberts expressed gratitude for King Charles’s unwavering support: “We are honored to have the Royal Patronage of HM King Charles III and grateful for the support he has already given us as Patron as The Prince of Wales for 45 years, showing his commitment and passion for film along the way,” he said.

Roberts emphasized the BFI's dedication to the stewardship of the Royal Collection, ensuring its preservation for future generations.

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