William attends Hobbit premiere
The Duke of Cambridge has attended the UK premiere of the new Hobbit film on his own, saying his pregnant wife Kate "would have loved to have been here if she could".
William joined the stars of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for the screening in London's Leicester Square while the Duchess, whose pregnancy was announced last week, continued to rest at St James's Palace as she is suffering acute morning sickness.
Tessa Street, the general manager of the Odeon cinema which hosted the star-studded event in aid of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, met William as he arrived.
"It's really exciting to have his support for the film and the charity," she said. "I was a bit nervous being on my own to meet him, but he was very friendly. I passed on my best wishes to Kate and he said 'She would have loved to have been here if she could'.
After walking down the special "green carpet" which replaced the usual red for the night, William went inside to meet the cast and was presented with a Hobbit goodie bag to take home to Kate. She is suffering from the condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum which leaves expectant mothers with constant nausea and regular vomiting.
Over the weekend, her bouts of vomiting intensified to such a degree that William pulled out of the British Military Tournament on Sunday evening to be with his wife. But although she is still suffering from the condition she may be experiencing less vomiting, so he felt able to attend the premiere.
Meeting the film's stars, he joked with Australian actress Cate Blanchett, who reprises her role as the elf queen Galadriel from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
Talking about the ease of travelling from her native land to New Zealand, where the Hobbit films were shot, he said: "When I go to Australia I'm always winding up the Kiwis and visa versa. You always get a reaction."
Alongside Blanchett were The Office star Martin Freeman, who plays the title character, the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, Sir Ian McKellen, who reprises his role as the wizard Gandalf, and Andy Serkis, who plays the evil creature Gollum.
Spooks star Richard Armitage, Cold Feet's James Nesbitt and ex-Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy, who all play dwarves in the new trilogy, were also present.
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