The galaxy far, far away looked a bit dimmer from the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this week, with the sudden passing of Carrie Fisher late last year still being felt keenly. Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, was there to make things a bit brighter, paying tribute to her late mother with a monologue and a video remembering her and Princess Leia before standing in for her in a photo shoot.
Lourd’s monologue, which ended with her reciting Leia’s recording from A New Hope, was part of a huge tribute that included stories and remembrances from George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and many others from the cast and crew. The tribute culminated in John Williams leading a symphony in “Princess Leia’s Theme.”
The video is a really cool look back at what Fisher — and Leia — meant not just to the people on set, but to Star Wars fans the world over. She really was a different sort of princess, especially considering when the original Star Wars came out, and we’re all pretty lucky that Carrie Fisher put as much of herself into the role as she did — not that anyone else would have been able to stop her.
Lourd will never be a stranger at Star Wars Celebration, and not just because of her mother. She joined the Star Wars family in The Force Awakens, appearing as Lieutenant Connix in a scene with her mother, playing Leia. Lourd will reprise her role in The Last Jedi, which comes out this December.