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."
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.