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Everyone enjoyed the spectacular Royal Film Performance of John Madden’s THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

Guests, filmmakers and stars, and TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall all walked the flower bedecked, 'marigold' carpet before watching the World Premiere of the eagerly awaited sequel. 

Judi Dench, Maggie SmithCelia ImrieRonald Pickup, Tina Desai, Diana Hardcastle, and Lillete Dubey were all in attendance, with the Loyal Address given by David Suchet.

You can watch highlights of the event below, and view images from the evening in our online gallery. You can also read about this year's Royal Film Performance in the official brochure online.

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful’, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.

John Madden (Shakespeare In Love) has returned to helm the follow-up companion feature to the 2012 international smash hit from an original screenplay by Ol Parker, from a story by Parker and Madden.

The film is distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and is released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 26 February 2015, and in the US on 6 March 2015.
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