Benedict Cumberbatch Honored with Award from Queen Elizabeth II

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Benedict Cumberbatch, you get a gold star.

The acclaimed British actor received a high honor from her majesty Queen Elizabeth II today. (Nov. 10)

The Hollywood star brought his wife Sophie Hunter with him to Buckingham Palace in London where he received the CBE, which stands for Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

He was being honored for his services to the performing arts and to charity.

The actor wore a traditional morning suit to the ceremony, and afterwords smiled for the cameras and held up his honor as he stood next to Sophie who looked beautiful in a blue dress.

After the event, the 39-year-old Sherlock star talked to reporters, calling the experience extraordinary, and said meeting the Queen was actually “quite nerve-wracking.”

“It’s a unique occasion and I feel very privileged to be here and flattered to be recognized in this way,” he told the BBC.

Launch the gallery to see photos of the very special occasion.