British actress Helena Bonham Carter accepted a rare honour yesterday (February 2nd) when she was bestowed with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) from her majesty the Queen.

The 45-year-old received the commendation on account of her contribution to acting, which includes her portrayal of the Queen mother in The King’s Speech opposite other British favourite, Colin Firth.

Bonham Carter was accompanied by her director husband Tim Burton, known for his quirky movies like A Nightmare Before Christmas, and their two children, Billy Ray and Nell.

Staying true to her own class of idiosyncrasy, the mother-of-two did not compromise on her style choice as she sported a tartan dress suite, paired with dangling silver necklaces.

The star completed the look with an undersized black top hat, plain heels and red nail varnish, which all worked to fulfil her charming appearance.

Born in Golders Green, London, in 1966, the performer has featured in a string of box-office successes, including Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd and Fight Club.

Helena Bonham Carter is set to appear as Miss Havisham in the upcoming remake of Dickens’ classic, Great Expectations, alongside Jeremy Irvine and Ralph Fiennes, due out later this year.

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