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Dame Helen Mirren welcomed at Buckingham Palace as 'granny'

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Feb 17, 2014 | 7:52pm EST

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.

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