10 pics of Princes William and Harry on the Star Wars set

2016-04-20 07:38

London — Princes William and Harry battled with lightsabers and hugged a Wookie on Tuesday during a visit to the set of the next Star Wars movie.

The royals were given a tour of the set at Pinewood Studios near London by British actress Daisy Ridley, who plays heroine Rey in the sci-fi reboot.

The brothers met director Rian Johnson and cast members including London-born John Boyega, who plays Finn, and Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker. They also dueled with lightsabers, saw roly-poly robot BB-8 and met 7 foot 6 inch (2.3 meter) Chewbacca, who gave the princes a furry hug.

Prince William is president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Kensington Palace said Tuesday's visit was intended to salute the British creative talent involved in the Star Wars films, which have used U.K.-based studios, actors, craftspeople and technicians since the 1970s.

Here are 10 pics of the Royals on the set of Star Wars:

The seventh instalment in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was released last year. Episode eight is due for release in 2017.

(Photos: Getty Images, AP)

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