Kate Winslet: 'Incomparably overwhelming' to receive CBE

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet described being honoured with a CBE as "incomparably overwhelming".

Winslet, 37, who achieved worldwide fame for her role in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, was honoured at Buckingham Palace for services to drama.

She said: "The sense of gravity is enormous and you very much feel you are being acknowledged by the whole country in a way. There is something incomparably overwhelming about that."

Take That star Gary Barlow was also honoured, receiving an OBE for services to the entertainment industry and to charity. To hear how he felt about receiving the award click here.

Actress Kate Winslet is awarded a CBE, for services to drama, by the Queen. Credit: PA Wire

The actress who won a Best Actress Oscar for post-war romantic drama The Reader, was dressed in an outfit by Alexander McQueen for the ceremony, with a hat by Natalie Ellner for Ellsewhere.

Winslet said the Queen congratulated her and asked 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'."

Winslet has a daughter, Mia, 12, with first husband Jim Threapleton and had a son, Joe, with American Beauty and Skyfall director Sam Mendes in 2003.

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