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Julie Walters receives damehood

Julie Walters was made a dame by Queen Elizabeth II at London’s Buckingham Palace on Tuesday (07Nov17).
The Harry Potter actress was named the recipient of the Dame Commander of the British Empire title in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list earlier this year, and she attended the investiture ceremony on Tuesday to receive her award for services to drama.
The Oscar nominee, who wore a black trouser suit and a matching black hat, told the Press Association she wished her parents were around to witness the ceremony.
“It’s fantastic, it’s not really real,” she said. “It was slightly nerve-wracking, ‘When do I curtsey?’ But everyone is the same. It’s one of those things where you feel relieved (when you’ve done it), then you look back and think, ‘How fabulous.’ I thought, ‘I wish my parents were here.’
“It was so numbing. The Queen said, ‘It’s so marvellous that you’ve got this, I’m so pleased,’ and ‘How long have you been doing acting?’
“I said ’43 years’ and she said, ‘In so many different things, well done.'”
The Educating Rita star explained that she had been given a day off from shooting the Mamma Mia! sequel at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England to attend.
“They (the cast) all love it, they are all going mad. They were all joking about it, as you can imagine, there is lots of this (curtseying) going on,” she joked. “I got really nervous yesterday because they were asking, ‘Are you excited, oh my God, it’s the big day!'”
The 67-year-old was previously appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1999 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.
At the same ceremony, Peaky Blinders star Helen McCrory was accompanied by her husband Damian Lewis as she was made an OBE.

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