Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet said she talked with the Queen about the joys of being a mother as she collected her CBE yesterday.
Winslet, 37, who achieved worldwide fame for her role in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, was honoured at Buckingham Palace for services to drama, 100 years after the sinking of the “unsinkable” ship.
The actress who won a Best Actress Oscar for post-war romantic drama The Reader, was dressed in an outfit by Alexander McQueen for yesterday’s ceremony, with a hat by Natalie Ellner for Ellsewhere.
Winslet said the Queen congratulated her and asked how much she enjoyed acting.
“I said yes I liked it but not as much as being a mother. She said, ‘it is the best job’.”
Winslet has a daughter, Mia, 12, with first husband Jim Threapleton and had a son, Joe, with American Beauty and Skyfall director Sam Mendes in 2003.
The Reading-born actress said the ceremony and honour were not comparable to the “terrifying spectacle” of events like the Oscars.
“It is a completely different kind of honour,” she added. “The sense of gravity is enormous and you very much feel you are being acknowledged by the whole country in a way.
“There is something incomparably overwhelming about that.”
Winslet hit the Hollywood big time with her role in Titanic opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.