Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, honored by the Queen with a CBE, says she is overwhelmed by the accolade she received last night at the Queenâ€™s birthday celebration. The Queen issues the honor once a year, in varying degrees, to British nationals who have had a positive impact. Get the full story, with pictures and video below!
The CBE is the third-highest division of the Orders of the British Empire. Meaning â€śCommander,â€ť it is just below knighthood, or dame-hood for women.
The award surprised and humbled Catherine Zeta-Jones. Honored at the Queenâ€™s Birthday celebration yesterday, she says her excitement is both personal and patriotic.
“I am absolutely thrilled with this honor,” she told the press in a statement. “As a British subject, I feel incredibly proud. At the same time, it is overwhelming and humbling. And my mum and dad are delighted beyond belief.”
The â€śChicagoâ€ť actress was joined by â€śThe Pianistâ€ť screenwriter Ronald Harwood, 75, and Nobel scientist Charles K. Kao.
“It’s more exciting than the Oscar because of the secrecy that’s involved,” said Harwood, who had discovered the honor a month and a half ago but had to keep it a secret. “The Oscar is a sudden shock, you take it all in and people make a fuss. But this feels like a very big event.”
Historical CBE honorees include Eric Clapton, Billy Connolly, Stephen Hawking, Anthony Hopkins, and Elton John. The award means she can now list â€śCBEâ€ť after her name, but wonâ€™t technically be allowed to call herself a â€śDame,â€ť which is reserved for higher honors. What do you think of the CBE award for Catherine Zeta-Jones? Honored among some truly great British names, do you think the classy actress lives up to her peers ? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section!
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Photos: www.wenn.com/Joseph Marzullo