Entries in Queen Elizabeth (4)


Helena Bonham Carter Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

Philip Schulte/WireImage(LONDON) -- Helena Bonham Carter was made a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by order of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Oscar-nominated actress was included on the Queen's yearly New Year Honours list, which was released this weekend.

Past actors to receive the honor include Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench.

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'Happy Days' Henry Winkler Awarded Honorary OBE

Michael Buckner/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Former Happy Days star Henry Winkler was awarded an honorary OBE -- Order of the British Empire -- Wednesday for his work with dyslexia in the U.K.  Winkler was presented with the honor at the British embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Guardian reports the actor, who was diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult, has toured schools in the U.K. to talk about the learning disorder.

Winkler issued a statement on the embassy’s website, saying, “Receiving this honor is a very humbling experience.”

Non-British nationals can receive honorary awards conferred by Queen Elizabeth for their contributions to U.K. interests.

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Are Johnny Depp and the Queen of England Cousins?

MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- What do Johnny Depp and the Queen of England have in common? According to a recent study, they have the same relatives. That’s right, the Pirates of the Caribbean star might actually be related to the royal family.

As reported by, Dr. Barratt -- a researcher for the BBC’s popular genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? -- examined Depp’s history and discovered that he shares the same distant blood line as the royal family. According to Barratt, Depp and the Queen have the same 19th great-grandfather, making them 20th cousins. He's outlined a family tree that illustrates it all, going back some 500 years.

However, the connection the genealogist has found relies on a marriage that took place back in the 1600s, which was never officially recorded. It’s the only unconfirmed branch of the family tree, however, which makes Barratt rather confident in the link between the actor and the royal family.

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Kate Middleton Spotted Doing Grocery Shopping

David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- From Westminster Abbey to the grocery store, Kate Middleton turned heads during the week while making a trip to her local market in Anglesey, North Wales – a rare trip for the normally private British royals.

Wearing skinny jeans and ballet flats, Kate, 29, pushed a grocery cart to the store with her protection officer near.

"She loaded all the shopping into her car on her own, then skipped as she ran the trolley back to the park," one observer told the Daily Mail.

"She looked very happy and was smiling at people. Most people didn't even spot who it was, despite her being probably the most famous person in the world at the moment."

Prince William and Kate -- now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- famously said they wanted to live as much of an ordinary life as possible, and they are living up to their word by residing in a modest cottage in Wales and shunning away the help of butlers and servants.

The newlyweds represent a new breed of monarchs that some are calling the modern royals -- strip away the titles and for the most part they are "just like us," going to college, having careers, and marrying for love. But even while living modestly, William and Kate will not escape the scrutiny to which the royal family is subjected.

The marriages of three of Queen Elizabeth's four children and that of her sister all ended in divorce. The scandalous headlines and tales of adultery that accompanied many of these splits tarnished the royal family's image. Having inherited such a legacy of divorce, Prince William and Middleton have an opportunity to modernize the monarchy.

"And, for them, living in the public eye so much, when every flicker of an eyelid is recorded by the cameras and television … and now by mobile phones, the pressures are even greater. " William Shawcross, the queen mother's official biographer, said.

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