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32 Celebrities Who Have Received Honors From the Royal Family

From the standard onscreen stars to a few unexpected personalities.
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From OBE's to full-on knighthoods, the royal family has plenty of honors they can bestow upon accomplished individuals. And often, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Queen Elizabeth (among other royals) will appoint a beloved celebrity a special title. Here, we've rounded up a list of famous people with royal honors.

Jim Carter


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The actor, AKA the beloved Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey, received an OBE from Prince Charles in March 2019. His wife Imelda Staunton was present at the special ceremony—the actress is best known for her role as Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Twiggy


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The supermodel became an official Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in March 2019.

Keira Knightley


Prince Charles appointed Knightley an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in December 2018.

Emma Thompson


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Thompson was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) by Prince William in November 2018.

Adele


Prince Charles appointed Adele a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to music back in 2013.

Eddie Redmayne


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In 2016, Queen Elizabeth appointed Redmayne an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Benedict Cumberbatch


Cumberbatch received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) from Queen Elizabeth for services to the performing arts and to charity in 2015.

Ewan McGregor


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Prince Charles appointed McGregor an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama and charity in 2013.

Kate Winslet


Winslet was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth for services to drama in 2012.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones


Prince Charles appointed Zeta-Jones a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) back in 2010.

Naomie Harris


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Queen Elizabeth appointed Harris an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2017.

Helena Bonham Carter


Carter was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth in 2012 for her services to drama.

Angelina Jolie


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In 2014, Queen Elizabeth presented Jolie with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, making her an honorary dame.

Elizabeth Taylor


Taylor receiving the honor of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth in 2000.

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Judi Dench


In 2005, Queen Elizabeth invested Dench with the Insignia of a Companion of Honour. (Back in 1988, she made Dench an honorary dame).

David Oyelowo


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Oyelowo was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2016.

Helen Mirren


Prince Charles appointed Mirren an honorary dame in 2003.

JK Rowling


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Prince William appointed Rowling a Companion of Honour for literature and philanthropy in 2017.

David Beckham


Queen Elizabeth appointed Beckham an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003. (Victoria would receive the same honor years later in 2016).

Anthony Hopkins


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Hopkins was received a CBE in 1987 (pictured here), before being knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1993.

Michael Caine


Queen Elizabeth honored Caine with a knighthood in 2000.

Bill Gates


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Queen Elizabeth presented Bill Gates with an honorary knighthood in recognition of his charitable donations in Commonwealth countries in 2005.

All Four of The Beatles


Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney would go on to receive knighthoods, but all four members of The Beatles were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen in 1965.

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Kylie Minogue


Prince Charles honored Minogue with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to music in 2008.

Ed Sheeran


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Sheeran was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Prince Charles for services to music and charity in 2017.

Anna Wintour


Queen Elizabeth appointed Wintour a Dame Commander in 2017.

Julie Andrews


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In 2000, Andrews received the honor of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth.

Vivienne Westwood


Memorably, the fashion designer received her OBE from the Queen without underwear in 1992. Westwood would go on to be named a Dame in 2006.

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James Corden


Corden was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama by Princess Anne in 2015.

Mick Jagger


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Prince Charles knighted Jagger for services to popular music in 2003.

Rod Stewart


Stewart received a knighthood in recognition of his services to music and charity in 2016.

Joan Collins


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Prince Charles appointed Collins a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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