LONDON (AP) - Prince William is joining stars such as Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett on the green carpet in London for the U.K. premiere of "The Hobbit," the first part of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" prelude.
William's pregnant wife, Kate, is missing from the prince's arm _ she cancelled her appearance at the premiere due to acute morning sickness.
McKellan, who plays the wizard Gandalf in the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's work, told reporters Wednesday that it "feels proper" to celebrate the film in London, given that a large part of the cast is British and Tolkien was an English writer.
Blanchett, who plays elf queen Galadriel, said it was great to see so many fans turn out considering the cold weather was "enough to drive anyone away."
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Something unusual: Acupuncture for ailing sea turtles. (Photos)
Can you guess why this pigeon is the world's most expensive?
Germany seizes the pet after the Biebs fails to get it from customs.
This fox plays like a cat when he gets his paws on a golf ball. (Video)