The Queen gets a BAFTA

The Queen has received a BAFTA for her contribution to film. Exactly what she’s contributed we’re not sure, but we’re sure she loves a good outing to the cinema as much as we do. Sir Kenneth Branagh was on hand with all his gentlemanly swagger to present the award to her. Other attendees included directors Christopher Nolan, Tom Hooper and George Lucas, while Idris Elba, James Nesbitt, Thandie Newton, Helen McCrory and Damien Lewis were among the actor-type guests. Also at the event was Billy Connolly, Minnie Driver, Edgar Wright and John Hurt.

John Willis, chairman of BAFTA, paid tribute to Her Majesty, dropping in the moment the whole world witnessed her “parachuting” from a plane with James Bond himself, Daniel Craig. Willis said: “The Queen has been patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund and the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund – for which money is raised by Royal Film Performances – since 1952, so for more than 60 years, and visited countless industry organisations, shining a light on the work that we all do and lending her tireless support to our efforts. More recently Her Majesty the Queen starred at the London Olympics as the most memorable Bond girl yet.”

Most memorable? If she came out of the sea in a bikini with a knife attached to her hip, then we’d agree…

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