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10 celebrities with real royal titles

From Angelina Jolie to Brad Pitt, discover the stars who have been honoured by royalty.
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Each year, Queen Elizabeth II or a member of the Royal Family honours hundreds of people for their services: charity, music, arts, theatre and more. There are five honorary classes: Knight and Lady of the Grand Cross (GBE), Knight and Lady Commander (KBE / DBE), Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE) and Member (MBE).

The two upper echelons are what give the title "Lord (Sir)" or "Lady" before the name of the protagonists. Among the many celebrities who have received the titles from some members of the English royal family are Adele, David Beckham and Angelina Jolie. Here are some of our favourite moments: 


Keira Knightley was honoured by Prince Charles with an Order of the British Empire in 2018.

Ralph Lauren became the first American fashion designer to receive an honorary cavalry from the British Empire's Most Excellent Order (KBE) for his services in the fashion industry. The designer was honoured by Prince Charles at a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Adele was honoured by Prince Charles when she received the British Empire's most excellent commission in 2013. This means that her real full name is now Miss Adele Adkins MBE. This prize is intended to reward chivalry, charitable work and public service.

Angelina Jolie was awarded the title of Honorary Lady of Queen Elizabeth II in 2014 for her work in combating sexual violence in war zones. She has carried out more than 40 missions to meet refugees from all over the world.

In 2003, David Beckham was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. It has a long history of supporting UNICEF and other child health causes.

In 2012, Kate Winslet was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to the dramatic arts. Winslet was nominated for seven Oscars and won it in 2009 for his role in "The Reader". She also starred in "Titanic", which is one of the most profitable films of all time.

In 2017, Victoria Bekcham was appointed an official of the Order of the British Empire for her services in the fashion sector. Beckham has been a fashion icon since the beginning of her career.

Sir Elton John was honoured as a knight by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998. John has been a vocal supporter helping victims of AIDS throughout his career.

Helena Bonham Carter became Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2012 for her services to the theatre. She was also appointed to the National Holocaust Commission in Britain by then Prime Minister David Cameron.

Julie Andrews was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000 on the New Year's Honours List for her services in the performing arts. Andrews had a long acting career: she won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1965 for "Mary Poppins".

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