By Amy Hunt
Earlier this week, Julie Walters received an accolade that we'd all been calling for for years - the veteran actress was finally made a dame by Buckingham Palace.
The legendary star has starred in huge films including Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, and Harry Potter throughout the course of her decades long career, and made a name for herself in various TV shows including the hilarious Dinnerladies.
So it really was only right that she was presented with the highest honour from the Queen recently, for her services to art and entertainment.
Speaking after the ceremony on Tuesday 7th November, Julie admitted her disbelief about what had just taken place.
She confessed, "I can't take that in. The most exciting time was when the letter came, I looked at it and thought 'what?' because it's that sort of very formal speak, 'what does this say?' then I saw dame and I thought 'bloody hell'. That was the most exciting bit.
And the actress also revealed how she celebrated the exciting news - although it was a little more low-key than we might have expected...
"Somebody emailed me to say how did you celebrate? I weeded the garden."
The 67-year-old also shared with the Press Association just how it felt to meet the Queen, and also revealed what she talked about with the 91-year-old monarch. And it turns out that the royal is just as much of a fan of Julie's as we are!
"It's fantastic, it's not really real. It was slightly nerve-wracking - 'when do I curtsey?' But everyone is the same. It's one of those things where you feel relieved [when you've done it], then you look back and think 'how fabulous'.
"I thought 'I wish my parents were here'. It was so numbing.
"The Queen said 'It's so marvellous that you've got this, I'm so pleased' and 'How long have you been doing acting?' I said '43 years' and she said 'In so many different things, well done.'"
However, despite not doing much celebrating when she received news of the accolade, Julie told the press that she was planning for a nice night out after the ceremony.
"I'm working at the moment, we're filming Mamma Mia! We were in Croatia but we are back at Shepperton now, a bit of a comedown after Croatia, so I'm not going to go back to work today...
"But we are going to have something to eat and that's it. They (the cast) all love it, they are all going mad. They were all joking about it, as you can imagine, there is lots of this (curtseying) going on."
Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.
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