Benedict Cumberbatch has been made a C.B.E. (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace this morning.
The Sherlock star has been honored not just for his work as an actor, but also his various works for charity including Cancer Research, Children’s Defense Fund, the Prince’s Trust, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
He told the BBC that despite his experience in meeting famous people, he wasn’t quite prepared for the ceremony itself: “It’s fantastic, it’s quite nerve-wracking, there is nothing really that prepares you for it. It’s a unique occasion and I feel very privileged to be here and flattered to be recognized in this way.”
The official British Monarchy Twitter feed posted this picture, showing the Queen presenting him with his medal:
— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) November 10, 2015
And here he is talking to reporters outside, after the ceremony:
— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) November 10, 2015
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