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Prince Charles attends Royal Premiere of The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones, royal premiere

Story by Jack Foley

PRINCE Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, attended the Royal Film Performance of Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones at a rain-swept, windy Leicester Square on Tuesday night (November 24, 2009).

The royal film performance marked the world premiere of Jackson’s movie, which is based on the novel by Alice Sebold, and which focuses on the aftermath of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl as she watches events unfold from the afterlife.

Prince Charles and his wife were greeted by the film’s director, Peter Jackson, as well as the film’s stars Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon and Michael Imperioli. Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci did not attend.

Owing to the extreme conditions, however, many of the stars who attended were forced to don overcoats and hide under umbrellas.

Sarandon wore a dark coat with glitzy sequinned shoulders for the event, while Ronan wore a grey strappy chiffon dress.

Commenting on the red carpet, Jackson – whose film credits include the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as King King – said the book had struck a chord with him, and prompted him to turn it into a movie.

“We all wonder what it’s like after we die, is there some life after death existence. It is, I think, one of those questions that everybody thinks about from time to time. It’s a challenging movie but I wanted to make it really positive.”

He also praised the film’s young star, Ronan, predicting that she had a very bright future ahead of her.

The Lovely Bones opens in UK cinemas towards the end of January 2010 although since being screened for press in London a day earlier it has drawn a mixed response.

View photos from the red carpet