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Britain's "Bond girl" queen wins honourary film award

Friday, April 05, 2013 - 01:23

April 5 - Queen Elizabeth II receives a Bafta award at a reception attended by over 300 members of the British Film Industry. Eileen Hsieh reports.

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Some 300 guests gathered at Windsor Castle on Thursday (April 4) to honour the achievements of those working in the British film industry. One of those present was no other than Britain's very own Queen Elizabeth, who hosted the event at her home. The 86-year-old monarch's performance as a "Bond girl" alongside Daniel Craig in last year's summer Olympics opening ceremony had impressed many, said actor Kenneth Branagh. SOUNDBITE: Actor, Kenneth Branagh, saying (in English): "Several of my colleagues here tonight want you to know that should you wish to venture further into the world of British film that they have a number of scripts with them this evening with some marvellous parts for you." The unlikely actress was then awarded one of the country's most prestigious entertainment honours for her continuous support of the film industry. SOUNDBITE: Actor, Kenneth Branagh, saying (in English): "And in presenting you with this honorary award on behalf of BAFTA and the whole family of British film may I paraphrase the words of William Shakespeare and say simply: 'we can no other answer make but thanks and thanks and ever thanks.'" The Queen and her husband Prince Philip mingled with the guests and said it was "lovely" to be given the award.

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Britain's "Bond girl" queen wins honourary film award

Friday, April 05, 2013 - 01:23