Far from the sombre expressions and formal handshakes of their usual royal engagements, Prince William and Harry have found themselves in the cuddly clutches of a wookie hug from Chewie.

As president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Prince William was required to pay a visit to the Star Wars set at Pinewood Studios this week.

And with a flying lesson from Mark Hamill on offer, it seems there was no way Prince Harry could let his brother go alone.

Prince Harry receives some piloting advice from @hamillhimself Luke Skywalker himself!

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Documented by Kensington Palace's official Instagram account, the royal pair's visit was announced with the caption: "The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are travelling to a galaxy far, far away..."

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The Duke engaged in what was surely a riveting conversation with BB-8 before challenging his younger brother to a lightsaber battle.

- nzherald.co.nz