Kate Winslet and Gary Barlow were among the stars who received royal honours from the Queen this week.
Actress Kate was made a CBE for services to drama by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 21 November, while singer Barlow was made an OBE for services to charity and the entertainment industry.
Gary masterminded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert back in June and penned a charity single to mark the occasion, alongside Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Reading-born Winslet, who became a household name for her role as Rose in the movie Titanic, said there was “something incomparably overwhelming” about the day, telling the BBC:
“The sense of gravity is enormous and you very much feel you are being acknowledged by the whole country in a way.”
Thirty-seven-year-old Winslet also revealed that the Queen asked her how much she enjoyed acting:
“I said yes, I liked it, but not as much as being a mother. She said, ‘It is the best job’.”
Kate has a 12-year-old daughter, Mia, with her first husband, Jim Threapleton, and a son, Joe, 9, from her relationship with director Sam Mendes.
Winslet and Mendes married in 2003 on the island of Antigua. They announced their divorce in March 2010.
Violinist and Classical BRIT winner Tasmin Little was also honoured for her services to music.