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The Duke of Cambridge will be among the people attending tonight’s premiere of the first of The Hobbit films, although his wife will not be accompanying him.

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The star-studded UK premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be held in Leicester Square.

The Duchess of Cambridge, whose pregnancy was announced last week, was due to attend but has pulled out as she is still resting from acute morning sickness.

Stars including Sir Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Cate Blanchett, who reprise their roles as Gandalf, Gollum and Galadriel respectively from The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, as well as Office star Martin Freeman, who plays the central character Bilbo Baggins, are expected to attend.

The trilogy of films based on the novel by Tolkien, all directed by Peter Jackson, are set in Middle Earth 60 years before the Ring trilogy.

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