Dame Helen Mirren was finally given the royal thumbs up for her portrayal of The Queen at a Buckingham Palace party in London on Monday night (17Feb14). The actress was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship by Prince William, the Queen's grandson, on Sunday (16Feb14), and 24 hours later she was in his company again at the palace.
Mirren was welcomed by William's wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, who joked that her husband had referred to the actress as "granny" at the awards ceremony.
Last week (ends14Feb14), a nervous Mirren revealed she hoped that Prince William's presence at the BAFTAs was a sure sign that the royal family liked her Oscar-winning turn as his grandmother in The Queen.
She said, "I don't think he'd do it (present the award) if the royal family felt I had messed up. I hope it's a sign they don't think I messed up. But I don't know, and I will never know for sure."
Monday night's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Reception at Buckingham Palace was also attended by Helena Bonham Carter, director Steve McQueen, Roger Moore, Joan Collins, Dame Angela Lansbury, Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Joely Richardson.
It was announced recently that Christine McVie was reuniting with her bandmates in Fleetwood Mac after leaving the group in 1998. Fans can now be treated again to the group's Rumours-era lineup, with McVie taking back over vocals on her hits like "You Make Loving Fun" and "Hold Me."
With so many musicians cashing in on the money that can be made by going out on the road with a classic edition of their band, it's become hard to find acts that people clamor to have back together. Hard, but not impossible. Here are some artists that we'd like to see back in the band.
Slash, Guns N' Roses
Granted, Axl Rose is a nut-job and a major pain in the tuchus. Still, the demand for a tour featuring Rose, Slash, and the rest of the original lineup of GNR would be unbelievable and the group's core audience is now old enough to afford the ticket prices. If Don Henley, Glenn Frey and the other Eagles can spend years on the road taking separate busses and not speaking to each other, than there has to be a way for Axl and Slash to play nice long enough to cash in.
Beyoncé, Destiny's Child
Beyoncé certainly doesn't need to do anything that she doesn't want to do. Let's face it; Mrs. Carter has the entire world at her disposal. But, here's the thing, she's still friends with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, as evidenced by the recent photos of the three band members together at little Blue's birthday party. Beyoncé just released a 14-track "visual album" that nobody knew about in advance. If she's got that kind of time, then surely there's some extra to lay down some new DC material.
Roger Waters, Pink Floyd
Every subsequent generation has its own Floyd experience, whether it's watching late-night showings of The Wall or synching up Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz. Waters is a creative genius, and notoriously difficult to work with. He's also 70 years old. Waters and the other surviving Floyd members (David Gilmour and Nick Mason) have done some one-off shows over the years, but it's not too late to give those younger fans one more chance to see one of Floyd's legendary live shows.
Steve Perry, Journey
There have been rumors for a long time that Perry's voice isn't what it used to be, which is why the singer hasn't released any new solo material in nearly 20 years. Perry's camp has denied that there is anything wrong with his voice, but even if there is a vocal issue, a reunion is still eminently doable. Arnel Pineda, the current lead singer of the band, has been a nice story, so keep him around to help supplement Perry. It's a little late to cash in on the hype that Glee created, but the band still might actually be more popular now than they were in their '80s heyday.
Dennis DeYoung, Styx
At the very least, this one would make Adam Sandler, an unabashed fan of the "Mr. Roboto" group, happy. DeYoung, who handled vocals on most of the band's biggest hits like "The Best of Times" and "Come Sail Away," has continued to perform Styx material in his shows and the other members of the group have long been on the fair and festival circuit. Sure, DeYoung sued the others at one time over the use of the band's name, but lawsuits are as much a part of the music industry as guitars. A reunion would at least upgrade them to the top county fairs in the country.
Current Bond Daniel Craig was filmed in character leaving Buckingham Palace with the royal before climbing into a helicopter, and the pair appeared to parachute into London's Olympic Stadium during the extravaganza.
The high-profile tribute to the superspy came 50 years after the first movie, Dr. No, was released, and Moore - who played the iconic agent from 1973 to 1985 - is ecstatic the monarch took part.
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "Wasn't she marvellous? What a tribute to Bond in its 50th year, to be recognised by the Queen in agreeing to do that.
"In that first scene, with Bond standing there when you saw the back of her head, I thought to myself, 'I wonder who they have got to double for the Queen?' and then when she turned around, I just thought, 'Wow.'"
The great Brit is still coming to terms with his latest honour and he has called on advice from his knighted pals to make sure the big day at Buckingham Palace is memorable and pain-free.
He tells WENN, "I will be sent to the palace at some stage soon. Michael Caine and Roger Moore, both of whom I've worked with, offer only the insight that it was very handy to have the kneeling stool with the handle. Roger Moore, who has a dodgy knee,
was terrified on the way into the ceremony that, having kneeled down, he wouldn't be kneeling back up again.
"And I believe the palace are on to that. So they give you the power to get back up. I should think it's a pretty nerve wracking walk, and you don't want to move suddenly while that sword's being wielded, I'm sure.
"Maybe they have little plasters (Band Aids) ready in case... I've never read of her (the Queen) having nicked someone on the ear yet, but perhaps I might be a first. I don't know."
The Henry V star learned of his knighthood six weeks before the Queen's birthday, when a message arrived from the U.K.'s cabinet office - and he admits he was almost too scared to open it.
He explains, "It was a sort of spanking, official looking document... I thought I had really been in trouble, I had been spotted speeding somewhere. Obviously, I don't speed. I opened it, and in very, sort of, beautifully archaic language, it said, 'In strictest confidence,' which was in huge, bold type and underlined. And then it went into a very, sort of, old world (language).
"The sentence finally ended up with 'conferring upon you a knighthood. Please tick the yes box if you would find this agreeable.' So I found it agreeable, and I ticked the box. But then I sent it off, and they said in it, 'But once you've done this, you won't hear from us again until the morning of the announcement on Her Majesty's birthday.'
"I've since learned that it's rather common, if you are privileged enough to receive such a message, that you then worry as I did, having posted it the next day, that it had ever arrived. So it was a little bit of a nervous moment on the morning of the announcement. But I was very, very, very surprised, and I was very touched. And I thought of my mum and dad up in the great green room in the sky, who would be absolutely made up. So it was an easy yes."