Excerpts courtesy of Mail Online: April 15, 2014

 

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What a dame! Veteran actress Angela Lansbury awarded MBE by the Queen at Windsor Castle, while presenter Nicholas Parsons, sculptor Antony Gormley and war hero Michael Swain also receive honours

  • Legendary stage and screen actress received honour from Her Majesty
  • Actress, 88, is currently starring in West End production of Blithe Spirit
  • The ceremony took place at Windsor Castle, Berkshire

By Scarlett Russell

Published: 12:32 EST, 15 April 2014 | Updated: 13:55 EST, 15 April 2014

 

Actress Angela Lansbury spoke of her pride as she was made a Dame by the Queen today.

The 88-year-old, who is only a year older than the monarch, is still on stage in the West End.

She received the honour at Windsor Castle for services to drama and charity, alongside presenter Nicholas Parsons, sculpton Antony Gormley and war hero Michael Swain, who also received honours.

 
Proud: British actress Angela Lansbury poses with her Dame Commander (DBE) medal given to her by The Queen earlier today
 
Proud: British actress Angela Lansbury poses with her Dame Commander (DBE) medal given to her by The Queen earlier today
 
By royal appointment: Angela Lansbury receives her DBE at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, today
 
By royal appointment: Angela Lansbury receives her DBE at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, today
 

Dame Angela, who left Britain for the US as a child, said: β€˜It is a very proud day for me to be recognised by the country of my birth.’

She joins a select group of acting Dames, including Judi Dench and Penelope Keith.

The veteran – whose grandfather, George Lansbury, was leader of the Labour Party during the 1930s and father, Edgar, was a socialist politician – is known to millions as Jessica Fletcher in the TV series Murder, She Wrote.

 
She has also starred in countless films, was last year received an honorary Oscar.

She told Sky News: 'It is a very proud day for me to be recognised by the country of my birth, and to meet the Queen under these circumstances is a rare and lovely occasion.'

She was joined in Windsor Castle by her son, his wife and her niece as she collected the award for her services to drama and charitable work and philanthropy.

 
Nice to meet you: Angela Landsbury is awarded her DBE by The Queen today at Windsor Castle
 
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Badge of honour: Angela Landsbury outside Windsor Castle with her award
 
Lansbury said: 'It is a very proud day for me to be recognised by the country of my birth, and to meet the Queen under these circumstances is a rare and lovely occasion.'

In a career spanning seven decades, Dame Angela has been nominated for three Best Supporting Actress Oscars: first for her role as Nancy Oliver in Gaslight, 1944, then a year later as Sibyl Vane in The Picture of Dorian Gray.

In 1962, she received another nod for her performance as Eleanor Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate.

Other awards include six Golden Globes and five Tony Awards.

Last month, she returned to her theatrical roots when she took to the stage at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End for a production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.

It is the first time in almost 40 years that she has been on the London stage, reprising the role which won her a Tony award on Broadway in 2009.