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Daniel Day Lewis knighted by Duke of Cambridge

Multiple Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has been knighted by the Duke of Cambridge. The 57-year-old Lincoln star, the only person to win an Academy Award for best actor three times, was honoured at Buckingham Palace for services to drama.

Daniel Day Lewis is the only actor to win three best actor Academy Awards Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Clean-shaven, with short, grey hair and dressed in traditional morning dress, the acclaimed and notably private Anglo-Irish actor declined to speak to the media after being honoured by William. Sir Daniel was made a knight in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June, saying at the time he was "entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure".

Daniel Day-Lewis attending a State Banquet in honour of the President of Ireland at Windsor Castle Credit: Dan Kitwood/PA Archive/Press Association Images

He won his first Oscar for his role as a disabled writer in 1989's My Left Foot, and a second for his turn as an early 20th century oilman in 2007's There Will Be Blood. He completed his hat-trick by playing assassinated US president Abraham Lincoln in 2012. Other high-profile roles include Guildford Four member Gerry Conlon in the film In The Name Of The Father, an adopted native American in The Last Of The Mohicans and a brutal butcher in Martin Scorsese's Gangs Of New York.

Sir Daniel, who grew up in south London and has dual British and Irish citizenship, is fiercely private and lives in Co Wicklow, Ireland, with wife Rebecca Miller - daughter of playwright Arthur Miller - and their two sons. The son of former poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon, he has been nominated five times for the best actor Oscar and has a reputation for taking his method acting very seriously, including staying in character off-screen as well as on during filming.


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Queen gets trolled on Twitter after sending debut tweet

The Queen has been targeted by Twitter trolls after sending her first royal tweet.

The Queen has been targeted by Twitter trolls after sending her first royal tweet. Credit: @BritishMonarchy

The official @BritishMonarchy account she used saw its followers grow by tens of thousands, but was immediately attacked by trolls sending abusive messages.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "We were fully cognisant of the nature of Twitter, where anyone anywhere can express their opinion, but we were delighted that so many people - in their tens of thousands - responded positively.

"We saw some tweets with profanity but that is just the nature of the format."

Scotland Yard said it had not received any complaints and was not investigating the matter.

Dame Maggie Smith to receive honour from the Queen today

Actress Dame Maggie Smith will receive the Companion of Honour from the Queen today at Windsor Castle. It's one of Britain's highest awards- and is in recognition of the six decades the star- well known for her roles in Downton Abbey and Sister Act- has spent on screen and stage.

Dame Maggie Smith at Sandringham Flower Show 2013 Credit: Ian West/PA

The Order of the Companions of Honour was instituted in 1917 by George V at the same time as the Order of the British Empire was founded, and it is sometimes regarded as a junior class of the Order of Merit.

The Order consists of the Sovereign and 65 ordinary members.

Foreigners are admitted only as honorary members and certain additional members are appointed by statute in commemoration of special occasions.

The Order is conferred on men and women for recognised services of national importance.

Prime Ministers of Commonwealth countries may also make nominations, and the Order includes a number of Commonwealth figures.

Recipients include painter Lucian Freud, Professor Stephen Hawking, naturalist Sir David Attenborough, painter David Hockney, historian Dr Eric Hobsbawm, politicians Sir John Major and Lord Patten of Barnes, General John de Chastelain, dramatist Harold Pinter, conductor Sir Charles Mackerras, the Reverend Chad Varah, and scientist Professor Anthony Pawson.

The order confers no knighthood or other status, but recipients of this one-class order are entitled to use the post-nominal letters 'CH'.

The Order's badge is a gold oval-shaped medallion with a representation of an oak tree.

Hanging from a branch is a shield of the Royal Arms, and on the right of it is a representation of a knight in armour mounted on a horse.

The badge, surmounted by an imperial crown, has a blue-enamelled border bearing the motto of the Order, 'In action faithful and in honour clear'.

Dame Maggie Smith at Theatre Royal Haymarket 2007 Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

Also receiving an award will be the head of the Military Wives Choir- who enlisted the help of choirmaster Gareth Malone to involve thousands of wives and servicewomen and raise millions of pounds for charity.

Her Majesty the Queen expected to visit the Tower of London today

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, is expected to visit the Tower of London today.

She is due to lay a wreath at the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' poppies installation- and attend a chapel service.

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' poppies installation Credit: PA

Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies have progressively filled the Tower's moat. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the First World War.

Poppy installation at Tower of London Credit: PA

The last poppy will be placed on Armistice Day, 11 November 2014. The poppies that make up the installation are currently being sold to raise millions of pounds which will be shared equally amongst six service charities in the UK.

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