The Crown’s Olivia Colman receives CBE from Princess Anne

Make yourself at home, Ma’am! The Crown star Olivia Colman gets into Buckingham Palace for real to receive her CBE – but gets it from the Princess Royal and NOT the Queen

  • Olivia Colman missed the chance to come face to face with the monarch she plays in Netflix’s The Crown
  • Oscar winner received her CBE at Buckingham Palace today, but was given her award by Princess Anne
  • The 45-year-old, who was made a CBE for her services to drama, smiled and greeted palace staff as she left 
  • She received honour under real name Sarah Sinclair, two weeks before The Crown returns on November 17

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Olivia Colman has missed the chance to come face to face with the monarch she plays in Netflix‘s The Crown.

The Oscar winner received her CBE at Buckingham Palace today, but instead of meeting the Queen she was given her award by the Princess Royal.

The 45-year-old, who was made a CBE for her services to drama, smiled and greeted palace staff as she left the ceremony, but declined to speak to reporters. 

Colman, who received the honour under her real name Sarah Sinclair, was wearing a bespoke Prince of Wales check coat by Emilia Wickstead in its Autumn Winter 2019 fabric for the ceremony. 

Actress Olivia Colman receives a CBE from the Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace today

Actress Olivia Colman receives a CBE from the Princess Royal during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace today

Olivia Colman missed the chance at the investiture to come face to face with the monarch she plays in Netflix's The Crown

Olivia Colman and the Princess Royal

Olivia Colman missed the chance at the investiture to come face to face with the monarch she plays in Netflix’s The Crown 

Colman, who was made a CBE for her services to drama, smiled and greeted palace staff as she left the ceremony,

Colman, who was made a CBE for her services to drama, smiled and greeted palace staff as she left the ceremony,

Keep it chic like Olivia Colman in Emilia Wickstead

She plays the Queen in hit Netflix series The Crown, so it was a case of life imitating art as Olivia Colman headed to Buckingham Palace!

The iconic actress was there to receive her CBE for services to drama and had dressed up for the occasion in an incredibly chic ensemble.

Olivia donned a classic checked coat by Emilia Wickstead, featuring an elegant collarless cut, trapeze silhouette and flared sleeves – the perfect way to look polished in the face of the chilly weather! She then completed her look with mules by Malone Souliers and a pillarbox hat by Justine Bradley Hill.

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Olivia donned a classic checked coat featuring an elegant collarless cut, trapeze silhouette and flared sleeves. She then added mules by Malone Souliers and a pillarbox hat by Justine Bradley Hill. 

The Crown returns on November 17 and sees Colman replace Claire Foy as the royal drama moves into the turbulent new world of the 1960s and 70s.

In a recently-released trailer for the show she is preparing for her silver jubilee and considering the impact she has had during her reign, saying in voiceover: ‘On days like today, ask yourself in the time I’ve been on the throne what have I actually achieved?’

Last week the Queen was on investiture duty at Buckingham Palace presenting Canadian author Margaret Atwood with an Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature.

The Queen, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal all take turns to hand out the gongs.

Anne will feature as a character in The Crown for the first time in the forthcoming third series being played by British actress Erin Doherty.

The Crown will see Colman replace Claire Foy as the royal drama moves into the turbulent new world of the 1960s and 70s

The Crown will see Colman replace Claire Foy as the royal drama moves into the turbulent new world of the 1960s and 70s

The new series will see Colman play the Queen as she is prepares for her silver jubilee and considers the impact she has had

The new series will see Colman play the Queen as she is prepares for her silver jubilee and considers the impact she has had

Colman first found fame as Sophie, the girlfriend of David Mitchell’s character Mark, in the British comedy Peep Show.

She went on to have a successful career on the small screen with roles in Green Wing, That Mitchell And Webb Look and Twenty Twelve, and in British films including Hot Fuzz and Tyrannosaur.

Colman then won the best actress Oscar earlier in 2019 for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite.

Her first brush with Hollywood success came when she played the role of Carol Thatcher in The Iron Lady, for which Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher.

Former Undertones frontman Feargal Sharkey receives an OBE for his services to music at Buckingham Palace today

Feargal Sharkey receives his OBE today

Former Undertones frontman Feargal Sharkey receives an OBE for his services to music at Buckingham Palace today

Professor Bettany Hughes, who regularly produces TV documentaries, was presented with her OBE for services to history

Professor Bettany Hughes, who regularly produces TV documentaries, was presented with her OBE for services to history

Professor Bettany Hughes, who regularly produces TV documentaries, was presented with her OBE for services to history 

British cave divers Joshua Bratchley and Connor Roe receive their MBEs at Buckingham Palace this afternoon

British cave divers Joshua Bratchley and Connor Roe receive their MBEs at Buckingham Palace this afternoon

Joshua Bratchley receives an MBE

Joshua Bratchley and Connor Roe helped save a youth football team trapped inside a flooded cave

Joshua Bratchley (left) and Connor Roe (together, right) helped save a youth football team trapped inside a flooded cave

Colman followed up the film’s success with a star role in the BBC drama The Night Manager, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy and, in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s black comedy Fleabag, playing the title character’s loathsome artist stepmother. 

Historian and TV presenter Bettany Hughes also received her OBE for her services to history during the ceremony, while former Undertones frontman Feargal Sharkey received an OBE for his services to music.

Sharkey, 61, was the lead vocalist of the Northern Irish pop-punk band, best known for the hit single Teenage Kicks.

British cave divers Joshua Bratchley and Connor Roe, who helped save a youth football team trapped inside a flooded cave in Thailand in 2018, also received their MBEs.

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