Emma Thompson -- excuse us, Dame Emma Thompson -- was honoured by Queen Elizabeth for her thirty-plus years of “services to drama” (AKA her decades of incredible acting) and you better believe she spent every darn moment being iconic. She showed up Wednesday to actual Buckingham Palace in a teal suit, minimal makeup and white sneakers. Yes, sneakers.
It’s her honour and she’s going to be comfortable, dame it.
Thompson was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List – an annual list of honourees who will be appointed to various Orders in the coming year – back in June and her official new title is Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Our question: how was Emma Thompson not already a Dame?
And if you didn’t love her already, when the actress was presented with her Damehood by none other than Prince William himself, she did what any sane person would do and asked the prince for a kiss. She was unsuccessful, but points for trying.
Congratulations to Dame Emma Thompson! Today at Buckingham Palace, the actor received her Damehood from The Duke for services to Drama. pic.twitter.com/1gSfaawBii— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 7, 2018
“I love Prince William,” she told E! “I've known him since he was little, and we just sniggered at each other. I said, 'I can't kiss you, can I?' And he said, 'No don't!'”
She added that the prince was pretty gracious in his rejection.
“If you're first up, you have to be more formal on such an occasion,” she said. “But he's looking wonderful and doing so well. He said, 'This day isn't about me, it's about you.’” Ever the gentleman.
For her big day, Emma brought along her husband Greg Wise and her children, Gaia Wise and Tindy Agaba.
The actress also wore a Fawcett Society pin to represent the U.K. organization that fights for gender pay inequality. Back in July, Thompson praised women for making their salaries public to highlight those inequalities and force workplaces, companies and industries to do better.
“Publishing figures is the first step,” she said at the time. “It’s a forensic way of looking at how women are second-class citizens and I really appreciate that because it's not emotional.
“This is the fact: this person does the same work for less money, and that’s just wrong.”
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