"Very, very special": Helena Bonham Carter describes being honoured with a CBE

'Very, very special': Helena Bonham Carter describes being honoured with a CBE

Actress Helena Bonham Carter was made a CBE by the Queen today after a glittering acting career that included playing the Queen's mother in The King's Speech.

But while the Hollywood star described the day simply as 'very, very special,' it seems her four-year-old daughter was not as impressed.

Bonham Carter posed following the ceremony as photographers jokingly asked if the pink phone she was clinging on to had 'gone off' during the ceremony.

The Queen's mother in The King's Speech: Helena Bonham Carter received a CBE for services to Drama at Buckingham Palace today

The Queen's mother in The King's Speech: Helena Bonham Carter received a CBE for services to Drama at Buckingham Palace today

The Queen's mother in The King's Speech: Helena Bonham Carter received a CBE for services to Drama at Buckingham Palace today

'No,' she replied, 'but the four-year-old did'.

Bonham Carter's partner, eccentric director Tim Burton, and their two young children, son Billy Ray, aged eight
and four-year-old Nell had joined her at the Buckingham Palace ceremony. And little Nell clearly likes being the centre of attention.

When Helena learnt that she was being honored with a Commander of the British Empire award she said: ‘I am thrilled, though not sure that I deserve it.

‘I always thought my father deserved a medal for facing 25 years of chronic disability with quiet daily heroism so I am delighted to accept such a wonderful honour in his memory.

‘I am wondering does it mean I get to command, because at the moment it’s my four-year-old daughter who does the commanding in our household. Must inform her of the change in situation.’

Family affair: The actress described the day as 'very, very special' but joked that her daughter Nell, 4, had struggled to concentrate

Family affair: The actress described the day as 'very, very special' but joked that her daughter Nell, 4, had struggled to concentrate

Colin Firth, the actress' co-star in The King's Speech, also received the same honour last month.

Bonham Carter, who has twice been Oscar-nominated, made her name with a string of appearances in Merchant Ivory films which saw her typecast early on as an English rose restricted to period dramas.

But appearances in Hollywood blockbusters including Fight Club, Planet Of The Apes and the Harry Potter films soon put paid to that.

A real honour: The actress, who has twice been Oscar-nominated, made her name with a string of appearances in Merchant Ivory films

A real honour: The actress, who has twice been Oscar-nominated, made her name with a string of appearances in Merchant Ivory films

Her individual sense of style – she famously walked the red carpet at the Golden Globes wearing one red shoe and one green one – has also garnered her newspaper column inches.

Today the actress stuck to her favourite designer, Vivienne Westwood, opting for the tartan Anglomania dress and jacket.

She also had a miniature top hat perched on her head.

After the Investiture ceremony, Bonham Carter posed proudly with her partner, director Tim Burton

After the Investiture ceremony, Bonham Carter posed proudly with her partner, director Tim Burton

It was while filming the re-make of Planet Of The Apes that Bonham Carter met Burton, and she has gone on to star in several of his films including Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Alice In Wonderland.

The couple – who are rumoured to live
in neighbouring houses in London – also met the Queen last week at a reception to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens.

Bonham Carter plays Miss Havisham in a new film adaptation of Great Expectations which will be out later this year.