Eddie Redmayne Meets Queen Elizabeth II, Is Honored with OBE 

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Eddie Redmayne got a coveted invitation to Windsor Castle this week to become an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II herself.

It was absolutely wonderful,” the 34-year-old Academy Award winner said, via the Evening Standard. “Also being with such extraordinary people the whole experience is incredibly humbling and also getting to be in Windsor Castle is breathtaking, around Christmas as well with all the decorations.”

“She was asking me whether I prefer film or theater, and asked me if I enjoyed it,” the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star added about his brief chat with his royal host.

Redmayne, sporting tails, attended the special ceremony with his wife Hannah Bagshawe; however baby Iris stayed home. Apparently the five-month-old cost the couple some sleep before the big day.

“And she was up until four in the morning, so both my wife and I came today with matchsticks under our eyes,” he reported, according to People. “Other than that she is on cracking form.”

Take a peek at Redmayne’s ceremony with the Queen in the gallery above.