Kate Middleton And The Queen Welcome Stars To The Palace
Helen Mirren and Uma Thurman among guests at star-studded event...
Buckingham Palace's White Drawing Room could have been mistaken for the Oscars' red carpet last night as A-list stars gathered to meet The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Uma Thurman were all on the guestlist for the event to mark the Queen's 60 years as patron of the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, reports The Telegraph.
Other stars in attendance included Richard E Grant, Hugh Laurie, Gemma Arterton and Joan Collins.
12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen was also at the event, fresh from his movie's Best Film Honour at Sunday night's BAFTAs.
The paper reports that the Duchess shared a joke with Dame Helen about Prince William's quip that he 'should probably call her granny' when he presented her with the BAFTA fellowship the previous evening.
The actress later admitted she gets self-conscious when meeting the Queen but insisted that her own portrayals of the Monarch have never come up in conversation.
She said: “You’re thinking 'it’s the Queen, it’s the Queen’. Of course [I get star-struck], even more so I think because I feel self-conscious, you know.
“I am genuinely always astounded by her aura, her twinkle, her presence. It never fails to surprise me and again it’s what everyone says when they meet her - it was what overwhelmed me the first time I met her.”
She added that she felt like apologising to the Queen over her portrayals of her on stage and screen.