Benedict Cumberbatch has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II with the Commander of the British Empire (CBE). He received the honor for his services to the performing arts and his charitable work. The ceremony was held at Buckingham Palace.
“It’s fantastic, it’s quite nerve-wracking, there is nothing really that prepares you for it,” Cumberbatch told BBC. “It’s a unique occasion and I feel very privileged to be here and flattered to be recognized in this way. It was wonderful. It was the first time I’ve ever met her and to meet her and be honored by her was extraordinary.”
“[Her Majesty] asked me what I was doing at the moment, and I told her I had finished a three month run at the Barbican, which she knew of,” Cumberbatch said. “And I told her I had just got back last night from filming in Nepal, Doctor Strange for Marvel, then I’ll be going straight into the fourth series of Sherlock. She said: ‘Oh, it never stops does it?'”
“She didn’t let on if she was or not,” Cumberbatch said regarding whether the Queen is a Sherlock fan. “I know a lot of the household is – I’ve been assured they have watched a few episodes.”
When Cumberbatch received the letter notifying him of his honor, he said,”I thought there had been a mistake. I thought someone had got something wrong.”
“I don’t know if this [the CBE] will change that, but I am certainly not going to change who I am because of it,” Cumberbatch added. “It is a huge honour, but I will still speak my mind about things I feel are right and wrong about the world when it is appropriate. Now would not be an appropriate time.”
Follow @Music_IntheDark on Twitter