Queen Elizabeth II Receives Honorary BAFTA Award
The reception held by British Academy Film and Television Awards on Thursday, April 4 saw the recognition of Queen Elizabeth II's longstanding support in British film and television industry. British stars gathered at Windsor Castle to honor the queen with an honorary BAFTA award.
Northern Irish-born actor and film director Kenneth Branagh was given the honor to present the award to the queen, who looked delighted and a little surprised when standing on the stage. Branagh himself was previously knighted by Her Majesty for his achievements in film industry.
John Willis, chairman of BAFTA, joked that the prize was also in recognition of the queen's performance as the "most memorable Bond Girl yet" in Olympics' skit played during the opening ceremony last year in London.
Spotted among 300 guests at the glamorous party were director George Lucas, "Homeland" actor Damian Lewis, actor John Hurt, Sir. Christopher Lee, and "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes.
The famous James Bond-themed skit saw the cinematic debut of the queen. Acting alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig, Her Majesty was seen greeting Craig, "Good evening, Mr. Bond," as she turned from a writing desk. Then, two stuntmen dressing as them parachuted onto the roof of the stadium from a helicopter, and the crowds shouted, "It's the queen."
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