Kate Winslet and Kenneth Branagh, Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

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Kate Winslet and Kenneth Branagh were among the celebrities included in Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honors List Saturday.

The Oscar-winning actress was named a “Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), while the actor-director received a knighthood.

Kate said in a statement that the honorary made her “very proud to be a Brit,” adding that she is “both surprised and honored to stand alongside so many men and women who have achieved great things for our country.”

“Sir” Branagh, whose directorial portfolio include “Henry V,” “Hamlet,” and “Thor,” said that he felt “humbled, elated, and incredibly lucky” with the honorary. The 51-year-old Belfast-born actor added, “When I was a kid, I dreamed of pulling on a shirt for the Northern Ireland football team. I could only imagine how proud you might feel. Today it feels like they just gave me the shirt, and my heart’s fit to burst.”

The honors are given twice every year by Queen Elizabeth II, once at New Year’s and on the Queen’s official June birthday. Recipients are selected by civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public.

Photos by: Brian To/ Lia Toby/ FayesVision/WENN.com

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