The Happy Days star has been awarded an Order of the British Empire medal.
Appearing on TV news show Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday (23Feb11), Winkler revealed, "I just got a letter from The Queen. It said she graciously agrees to confer on me the Order of the British Empire... I felt great.
"I'm one of four people outside of Great Britain, in the world, that has gotten it this year.
"I was told that I would never achieve. The Queen wrote me."
But Winkler won't be jetting off to Buckingham Palace to claim his trophy: "Being an American, I cannot pledge my allegiance to the Queen, so I cannot get it (medal) from her, which is a little disappointing because I was going to take one of her hats."