Britain’s version of the Academy Awards is one of the most important nights for the nation’s film and TV industry. Her Majesty maintained a close association with the BAFTA Academy for 50 years and, almost a decade ago, received a golden statue of her own.
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However, Her Majesty isn’t the only member of the Royal family with a long history of involvement with BAFTA. Prince Philip became its first president in 1959, followed by Earl Mountbatten of Burma and HRH Princess Anne. William, the new Prince of Wales, has been president since 2010.
Queen Elizabeth II is the only Royal to have received a golden statue, however, in 2013 in honor of her influence on the film and television industry. Inevitably that raises one question – where did she keep her BAFTA?
Where did The Queen keep her BAFTA?
Almost a decade has passed since The Queen received her prestigious award and, as many celebrities do, she had a special corner to display her most meaningful treasures.
Hello Magazine reported Queen Elizabeth II has kept her BAFTA in a cabinet in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle alongside family photos, including a portrait of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
The monarch often hosted meetings with prestigious guests in the Oak Room, which marks her statue as one of the proudest moments of her 70-year reign.
Queen Elizabeth II receives honorary BAFTA
Throughout her 70-year reign, The Queen has been patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, and the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.
In a ceremony at Windsor Castle on April 4, 2013, Queen Elizabeth II received her own BAFTA. The honorary award recognized her outstanding patronage of the film and television industries.
Queen Elizabeth II attended the gala in a floral dress as Sir Kenneth Branagh presented the prestigious award.
BAFTA chairman John Willis said on the night: “I have the great honor to announce we are to present Her Majesty with an honorary BAFTA today in recognition of her outstanding patronage of the film and television industries.”
Queen Elizabeth is ‘most memorable Bond girl’
Not only has Queen Elizabeth II had a huge impact on the world of British cinema, her reward also recognized her acting skills. The Queen took part in a sketch with James Bond actor Daniel Craig at Buckingham Palace as part of the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. Audiences gasped as the monarch and ‘Bond’ appeared to skydive from a helicopter and parachute into the Olympic stadium.
Willis described the Queen as “the most memorable Bond girl yet.”
Branagh told the Queen: “Your sensational appearance at the opening ceremony of last year’s Olympics was especially memorable.”
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