"Why was I given one?" Titanic actress wonders after receiving honor from Queen Elizabeth II
Kate Winslet was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) honor by Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday for her contributions to the field of drama.
But to hear the "Titanic" star tell it, the honor is secondary to another accomplishment of hers — and the Queen agrees with her.
"She asked me if I liked the job that I do, and I told he that I love it, but not as much as I love being a mother," Winslet — who has a daughter Mia and a son Joe — told a reporter following the ceremony. "And she said, 'Yes, well that is the only job. And I thought that was really, really touching."
As for why Winslet was chosen to receive the honor, the Academy Award-winning actress still isn't sure.
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"I thought, 'Why have I been given one of these,' and now having just gone through the ceremony, I still think, 'Why was I given one?'" the actress said. "You're sitting next to people who've done extraordinary things to protect children online … you know, services to drama (for which Winslet was awarded), I don't know, to me, it sort of pales in comparison."
Watch Winslet's modest entry into the Order of the British Empire below.