Monarch given award for her support to British film industry
The Queen’s acting debut as a Bond girl alongside Daniel Craig at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony was far from her first contribution to British television. In fact, she has been supporting the British film and television industry for her entire reign.
Yesterday, The Queen was awarded a BAFTA for lifetime achievement by Sir Kenneth Branagh, who also memorably starred in the Olympics opening ceremony. The ceremony took place at Windsor Castle, and recognised everything she’s done over the past 60 years to help make the British film industry what it is today.
The Queen joins the roster of impressive previous winners of the lifetime achievement award, who include Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, David Attenborough and Steven Spielberg.
The star-studded event was attended by the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Thandie Newton and Carey Mulligan, and BAFTA chairperson John Willis, who honoured the Queen with a speech, calling her ‘the most memorable Bond girl yet!’
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, she has visited countless industry organisations, shining a light on the work that we all do and lending her tireless support to our efforts.’
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