William, Kate and Harry get animation masterclass in Bafta visit


Talented young animators have given the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry a masterclass in creating stop-animation movies.

The royal trio watched as the children - who have all benefited from the work of their charities - were put through their paces by staff from the award-winning Aardman Animations studio.

William, Kate and Harry met the youngsters and others at Bafta's London headquarters before a meeting of their Charities Forum, organisations which work closely with the royals or have them as their patron.

The informal gatherings are held twice a year and aim to bring the bodies, numbering more than 30, together to share best practice, ideas and develop ways of collaborating together.

The Duchess wore a blue and white outfit by Tabitha Webb while William and Harry looked smart in suits.

When they first arrived they were greeted by Amanda Berry, the chief executive of Bafta whose president is the Duke.

In Bafta's in-house theatre, the royal guests and an audience watched as four schoolchildren stood on stage and were filmed, as if they were stop-animation characters, as they performed "silly" walks and then crouched down behind a suitcase to look as if they had stepped inside it.

Kate joined one little girl on stage and the pair filmed the last scene - carrying the case away.

William joked "make Catherine do a silly walk" before the pair closed the suitcase and walked away.

The audience laughed as the final movie was played showing the youngsters clambering into the case before the Duchess and the girl walked off with it.