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Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry, arrive for the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', at the Royal Albert Hall in central London, December 12, 2017. — Reuters picBritain's Prince William and Prince Harry, arrive for the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', at the Royal Albert Hall in central London, December 12, 2017. — Reuters picLONDON, Dec 13 — Princes William and Harry attended the European premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi yesterday, joining the all-star cast in London for the latest instalment of the sci-fi saga.

The British royals walked the red carpet dressed in tuxedos for the screening at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where they were greeted by the rolling droid character BB-8 who dutifully bowed to the princes.

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  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the European Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at the Royal Albert Hall, London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Gwendoline Christie poses for photographers as she arrives for the European Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, at the Royal Albert Hall in central London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge talks with a guest, as he meets the CTBF trustees and representatives from Save The Children and Shelterbox during the European premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at the Royal Albert Hall in London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Star Wars fans watch the arrivals at the European premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at the Royal Albert Hall in London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Mark Hamill attends the European premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, at the Royal Albert Hall in London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Kelly Marie Tran poses for photographers as she arrives for the European Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, at the Royal Albert Hall in central London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actors Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne pose for photographers as they arrive for the European Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, at the Royal Albert Hall in central London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor John Boyega poses for photographers as he arrives for the European Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, at the Royal Albert Hall in central London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Laura Dern poses for photographers as she arrives for the European Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, at the Royal Albert Hall in central London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Writer/director Rian Johnson and Karina Longworth pose for photographers as they arrive for the European Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, at the Royal Albert Hall in central London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actor Frank Oz, with a partner, pose for photographers as they arrive for the European Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, at the Royal Albert Hall in central London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Actors Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill pose for photographers as they arrive for the European Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, at the Royal Albert Hall in central London December 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

The two reportedly have cameo roles as stormtroopers in the film, after visiting the set in April 2016 when they were rumoured to have shot the scene.

William and Harry — who recently announced his engagement to US actress Meghan Markle — also met the cast of The Last Jedi and were presented with stormtrooper helmets.

Filmed at Pinewood Studios near London and on the west coast of Ireland, The Last Jedi is the eighth film in the space series and runs to a lengthy 153 minutes.

Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the films, said the longevity of Star Wars had seen his character make way for new stars.

“It’s like a bunch of kids rifling through my old toy box, playing with my toys... I love it!” he told AFP at the premiere.

Despite 40 years passing since the intergalactic saga first hit cinemas, the cast members of Rian Johnson’s Last Jedi are convinced it still has contemporary relevance.

“I think it really deals with issues the world is facing at the moment, about politics which splits people apart and the spark of hope which is going to bring people back together again,” Andy Serkis, who stars as Supreme Leader Snoke, told AFP.

Lupita Nyong’o, who plays the motion-captured character Maz Kanata, said the film was also important as a form of escapism.

“I think the importance of fantasy is that it allows us to first of all, escape from the world we’re in for a second and it brings us all together and unifies us in a way, on a subject, in a way that other things don’t,” she said.

“And for a moment we get to forget our own worries and worry about the galaxy far, far away.” — AFP 

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