Prince William makes surprise Bafta appearance with special message

Prince William makes surprise Bafta appearance with special message

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Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 13/05/2024

- 08:46

Updated: 13/05/2024

- 08:49

The Prince of Wales congratulated an award winner for her “remarkable” work with children

  • Prince William thanked Baroness Floella Benjamin via a video message at the Bafta TV Awards
  • Baroness Benjamin also played a role in King Charles’s Coronation in 2023
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Prince William made a surprise Bafta appearance with a special message on Sunday evening.

The Prince of Wales praised Baroness Floella Benjamin for her “remarkable” work with young children at the Bafta TV Awards on Sunday evening.

The former TV presenter, 74, received the Bafta Fellowship at the awards in central London in recognition of her “longstanding commitment” to television broadcasting.

Addressing the audience, the prince said: “Good evening. Tonight we are delighted to recognise Baroness Floella Benjamin’s remarkable achievements as she receives this year's Fellowship for her groundbreaking work with children and young people; her longstanding commitment to television broadcasting; and for her work as an unwavering champion of inclusion.

Prince William

Prince William made a virtual appearance at the BAFTA TV Awards


“In a career spanning more than five decades, she has touched the lives of millions. She has graced our screens as a much-loved presenter of children’s television, most notably Playschool and Play Away.

“She has also contributed greatly to Bafta itself – she chaired the Bafta Television Committee from 1997 to 2000 and established the Bafta Children’s Awards in 1995.”

William also stated that Baroness Benjamin supports a number of charities, explaining: “Beyond the screen arts, Baroness Benjamin has steadfastly advocated for children’s education and welfare, supported a great number of charitable organisations, tirelessly campaigned for social justice - and as a member of the Windrush Generation - she has given voice to those who faced discrimination upon arrival in the UK.

“She is an actress, author, singer, politician and businesswoman, a beacon of representation and a voice for change.”

Baroness Floella Benjamin

Baroness Floella Benjamin won the Fellowship Award at the 2024 BAFTA Television Awards


Baroness Benjamin has worked as an actress, presenter, writer, independent producer and advocate for the welfare, care and education of children across the world.

In 2010, she was introduced to the House of Lords and given the title Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham in the County of Kent after being nominated by the Liberal Democrats.

William concluded: “Baroness Floella Benjamin you remind us of the power of empathy, compassion, and action to effect positive change and I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you.

“I’m thrilled that you are receiving the Bafta Fellowship this evening, and I send my heartfelt congratulations.”

The Baroness was also given an OBE in 2011 and was chosen by the late Queen Elizabeth II to receive the Order of Merit.

The Baroness also played a key part in King Charles’s Coronation by carrying the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Dove.

Furthermore, she received the Order at St James’s Palace from King Charles in 2022.

Speaking about her Bafta award, she said: “I've just been floating ever since, I just can't believe this wonderful accolade is happening to me.”

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