The first of Peter Jackson's Hobbit films has been selected for the 65th Royal Film Performance in London.
The Royal British premiere screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be on December 12 in front of as-yet-unnamed members of the Royal family.
That will be a couple of weeks after the world premiere of the movie at Wellington's The Embassy Theatre on November 28.
The Royal Film Performance in London is the principal fundraising event of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, the trade charity for the British film and television industries.
The tradition was started with A Matter of Life and Death in 1946 and has continued almost every year since then. The Royal family has been treated to movies including Hot Shots, Titanic, Casino Royal and last year Martin Scorsese's Hugo.
The adaptation of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit was originally made as a two-part film but has since expanded into a trilogy.
The first film is due for public release on December 14, with the second film - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - on December 13 2013, and the third film - The Hobbit: There and Back Again - on July 18 2014.
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