Queen Reveals Where She Keeps Her Bafta
The Queen has revealed where she keeps the honorary Bafta she was presented with last year.
Hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the dramatic arts in the UK, the Queen made the revelation in a conversation with British director Steve McQueen, who triumphed in the best film category at Sunday's Bafta awards ceremony.
The Queen told the 12 Years A Slave director: "I couldn't help but look at mine, which I keep on the television."
The Buckingham Palace event featured a who's who of leading film-makers, entertainers and thespians including Mike Leigh, actors Sir Roger Moore, Joan Collins and Dame Helen Mirren, and writers such as Alan Bennett.
The night was hosted by the Queen in her capacity as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) and the Duchess of Cambridge joined her for the evening wearing a red Alexander McQueen dress.
Comedian Lenny Henry made the Queen chuckle as she walked along a line-up of stars, insisting they had been duped: "This is Helen Mirren - she's brilliant."
Fresh from receiving an honorary Bafta fellowship on Sunday, Helen Mirren, famed for playing the Queen on stage and screen, admitted to the Duchess of Cambridge she was a little taken aback when Prince William referred to her as "granny" at the awards ceremony.
"He called me granny," the actress told Kate, who in turn admitted William had asked her whether the joke would be appropriate.
Speaking about being introduced to the head of state, Dame Helen said "You're thinking 'it's the Queen it's the Queen'," and when asked if she still got starstruck replied: "Of course, even more so I think because I feel self conscious, you know."
She added: "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."
Hollywood star Uma Thurman, famed for her roles in a string of Quentin Tarantino films, said about the Queen: "I have met some members of the Royal Family but never met Her Majesty - it was so overwhelming, it happened very quickly."
Guests were treated to a performance in the Palace's ballroom featuring emerging talent and some of the country's most well known stars.
Songs from the musical Oh! What A Lovely War were performed by Rada students, and a scene from George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion was staged featuring recent graduate Jessie Buckley as Eliza Doolittle and former Rada student Trevor Eve as Professor Higgins.
Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough represented his brother, the film-maker and actor Lord Attenborough, who was too ill to attend.
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