It doesn't get more prestigious than this if you're Brit. Kate Winslet and Kenneth Branagh have opened about their pride after they were named in Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honours List on 16 June 12.
The Titanic star
was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services
to drama, while Branagh was given a knighthood.
"I feel deeply proud to receive this, as a part of an ever-expanding
community of British actors who are fortunate enough to be able to contribute
to an international industry. This makes me very proud to be a Brit."
"When I was a kid I dreamed of pulling on a shirt for the Northern Ireland
football team. I could only imagine how proud you might feel. Today it feels
like they just gave me the shirt, and my heart's fit to burst."
Take That's Gary Barlow was given an Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal for organising the
star-studded Diamond Jubilee Concert for the Queen in London earlier this month
He said, "I
enjoy every minute of the work I do, with a lot of it being a reward in itself,
so for somebody to decide I should get recognised for that is just
Burton, who designed the dress worn by Prince William's wife Catherine, Duchess
of Cambridge at their 2011 wedding, was also made an OBE.