British Royalty to Visit the Episode VIII Film Set at Pinewood Studios


The British connection has always played a major role in the success of Star Wars through the decades. Parts of previous Star Wars films have been filmed in studios steeped in British cinematic history and lore. Several iconic roles have also been played by many British actors including the likes of Sir Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, and several other talented actors. Recently, two new central characters who have joined the Star Wars family are also both British actors, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. With the huge British connection to the Star Wars universe, royalty is there to recognize the wealth of fantastic British creative talent involved in the production of the Star Wars films.


Sloughexpress reports that royalty will join cast members on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII.


Prince William and his brother Prince Harry will visit the set this Tuesday. The royal brothers will be escorted around Pinewood Studios, England, where the film is currently being filmed. According to the BBC, they will have the opportunity to meet Episode VIII director Rian Johnson, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and other cast members who are involved in the film. The Princes will be among the first to get a sneak preview of the film.


Kensington Palace’s Twitter page said, the visit would also celebrate Star Wars’ “fantastic British creative talent”.


The royal studio tour will not be the first time the Princes have graced the film set of an iconic franchise being filmed in Britain, as in 2013 the brothers visited the set of Harry Potter alongside William’s wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.



The Pinewood Studio set visit comes after a busy period for the elder Prince as he returned from a tour of India and Bhutan with his wife over the weekend. A star-studded event is planned for 15 May to mark the Queen’s milestone birthday, which will involve Helen Mirren, Kylie Minogue, Jess Glynne and another Star Wars actor, John Boyega.


The Force Awakens, the latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise, recently became the highest grossing domestic film of all time (When not accounting for inflation) and showed the best of British production, design and acting. Star Wars: Episode VIII, will see the return of the film’s major cast members which also include Lupita Nyong’o and Domhnall Gleeson.


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31 thoughts on “British Royalty to Visit the Episode VIII Film Set at Pinewood Studios

  • April 18, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    James Hewitt – “No Harry. I am your father”

    • April 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Cruel, but funny 😀

    • April 19, 2016 at 6:27 am

      You’re a Hewitt, Harry.

  • April 18, 2016 at 11:31 pm



    That type of system is so obsolete in our modern world today as they’re meaningless now.

    • April 19, 2016 at 12:09 am

      But Brits love their royal family, so Windsors aren’t going anywhere.

      • April 19, 2016 at 12:58 am

        Unlike the Saxe-Coburg and Gothas and Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburgs or Battenbergs/Mountbattens.

        • April 19, 2016 at 1:48 am

          That’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time…

    • April 19, 2016 at 1:06 am

      Yet the most socially stable countries in the world are all constitutional monarchies. Kinda undermines your position don’t you think?

      • April 19, 2016 at 2:08 am

        Worshipping a family declared centuries ago in an obsolete system to be above everyone else and who do nothing but spend taxpayer money creates social stability?

        • April 19, 2016 at 3:17 am

          King Arthur: I am your king.

          Peasant Woman: Well, I didn’t vote for you.

          King Arthur: You don’t vote for kings.

          Peasant Woman: Well, how’d you become king, then?

          King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your king.

          Dennis the Peasant: Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

          Arthur: Be quiet!

          Dennis the Peasant: You can’t expect to wield supreme power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

          Arthur: Shut up

          Dennis the Peasant: I mean, if I went around saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!

          • April 19, 2016 at 9:30 am

            “Come and see the violence inherent in the system!”

        • April 19, 2016 at 5:38 am

          Well I’m just sharing the statistical reality with you. Your opinion on it doesn’t change the facts.

          • April 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm

            You don’t give any reason why the existence of monarchy is the reason for the stability.

  • April 18, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    This must be one of those “don’t you know who I am?” moments

  • April 19, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Great, now I have Spin Doctors’ “Two Princes” stuck in my head!

  • April 19, 2016 at 1:11 am

    “And several other talented actors”. Jesus, how hard is it to type “Christopher Lee, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor, Anthony Daniels” ? Lazy.

    • April 19, 2016 at 2:21 am

      Why are you asking Jesus? Why not ask the author of the article? 🙂

      While it is a fair point, I’m sure there are other British actors aside from those four, and someone else would have said “but what about so and so”. Easier in this case just to say “and several others”

      • April 19, 2016 at 9:28 am

        Jesus won”t answer anyway.

  • April 19, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Kate is a Mary Sue

  • April 19, 2016 at 6:25 am

    1. Why in the world does England still have a royal family? It’s not like they do anything in the government anyway. It’s like a random group of people that everyone just agrees to go crazy about for no real reason. It’s the Prime Minister who’s got it going on.

    2. “as in 2013 the brothers visited the set of Harry Potter”

    How is that possible when the last Harry Potter film came out on 2011? Do you mean 2003?

    • April 19, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Well they… they… um… they do… um… I have no idea.

      • April 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm


    • April 19, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      I have a buddy in Britain who explained that there are some in the UK that view the royal family as a tradition and something that gives flavor to British culture. Perhaps some of our fellow forum users from the UK could elaborate or add another perspective.

      I always short of viewed the attention given to the royal family akin to the American fascination to celebrities. In any given aisle in most grocery stores, you’ll see a slew of magazines dedicated to what this famous person ate for dinner and who that famous person was seen snuggling with. I could care less about any of that stuff, but I guess it’s a harmless place to direct attention.

      • April 20, 2016 at 12:36 am

        *couldn’t care less*

        • April 20, 2016 at 2:40 am

          : P

    • April 19, 2016 at 6:14 pm


      Its just a human monument to go admire – Tower of London, The Beatles street corner thing, Big Ben, Westminister etc.

      • April 20, 2016 at 12:35 am

        That’s true. Using people as landmarks is pretty smart.

  • April 19, 2016 at 6:17 pm


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