Prince William and Prince Harry Duel With Lightsabers on 'Star Wars' Set

The royals visited the U.K. set of "Star Wars: Episode VIII."

ByCAROLYN DURAND
April 19, 2016, 10:27 AM

— -- The royal forces Prince William and Prince Harry met with “the force” today on the U.K. set of “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”

Prince William, 33, and Harry, 31, were given a tour of the “Star Wars” set at Pinewood Studios outside of London by two of the much-anticipated movie’s stars, Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill.

PHOTO:Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry visit the "Star Wars" costume department with Daisy Ridley at Pinewood Studios in Iver, Buckinghamshire, April 19, 2016.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry visit the "Star Wars" costume department with Daisy Ridley at Pinewood Studios in Iver, Buckinghamshire, April 19, 2016.
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The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are visiting the production workshops and meeting the creative teams behind “Star Wars,” including exploring the props, costumes and creatures from “Episode VIII.”

The princes, who admitted to being huge “Star Wars” fans, stopped to take a look at a Chewbacca mask while on the tour and also engaged in a lightsaber duel.

Prince Harry showed he is the king of hugs with his embrace of Chewbacca, while Prince William made a new pal, squatting down to meet BB8.

PHOTO:Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry visit the "Star Wars" set and costume department at Pinewood Studios in Iver, Buckinghamshire, April 19, 2016.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry visit the "Star Wars" set and costume department at Pinewood Studios in Iver, Buckinghamshire, April 19, 2016.
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PHOTO:Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry visit the "Star Wars" set and costume department at Pinewood Studios in Iver, Buckinghamshire, April 19, 2016.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry visit the "Star Wars" set and costume department at Pinewood Studios in Iver, Buckinghamshire, April 19, 2016.
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Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the film, tweeted his excitement before William and Harry’s visit.

Prince William is president of the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) and hopes to highlight the wealth of British talent engaged in the filmmaking industry. The “Star Wars” visit today was William’s first royal engagement since he and his wife, Kate, returned last weekend from a weeklong trip to India and Bhutan.

Last year’s blockbuster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was the highest grossing film of all time in the U.K. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Driver, Daisy Ridley, Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis will return for the new installment, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro will make their "Star Wars" debuts.

“Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be released in December 2017.

"Star Wars" is produced by Lucasfilm, a subsidiary of the Disney Co., which is the parent company of ABC News.

PHOTO:Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, meets Mark Hamill and Director Rian Johnson on his visit to the "Star Wars" set and costume department at Pinewood Studios in Iver, Buckinghamshire, April 19, 2016.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, meets Mark Hamill and Director Rian Johnson on his visit to the "Star Wars" set and costume department at Pinewood Studios in Iver, Buckinghamshire, April 19, 2016.
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PHOTO:Prince Harry compares outfits with Chewbacca and John Boyega on his visit to the "Star Wars" set at Pinewood Studios in Iver, Buckinghamshire, April 19, 2016.
Prince Harry compares outfits with Chewbacca and John Boyega on his visit to the "Star Wars" set at Pinewood Studios in Iver, Buckinghamshire, April 19, 2016.
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