Award-winning actress Ruth Wilson jokes she’ll wear MBE “every time I go out.”

Ruth Wilson jokingly said she will wear her MBE “every time I go out” as she accepted the award at Buckingham Palace.

The actress, who has won two Olivier Awards and a Golden Globe for her performance on TV series The Affair, was inducted into the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honors list for services to drama MBE.

She joined others including actor and musician Ram John Holder and modern pentathlon gold medalist Kate French to accept their awards from the Princess Royal at the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking to the PA news agency, Wilson said the day had been “amazing”, adding that the award was a “great honor” and a “real privilege”.


Ruth Wilson speaks to the Princess Royal during the investiture ceremony (Jonathan Brady/PA)

When asked where she would put her MBE, she joked, “On my lapels – I’ll wear it next time… every time I go out.

“No, I don’t know, I have to frame it or something. Or maybe around my neck.”

Speaking about the importance of the recognition to her personally, Wilson said: “It’s amazing – I’ve seen people receive these awards for years for different things, for dedicating their lives to their work and what they do.

“It’s just a real privilege to receive it and to be among all the other people I saw in the room today.

“It’s just nice to see people coming from all over the country and the services they have rendered to the community or in their chosen field.”

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When asked about her conversation with the Princess Royal, Wilson replied that Anne had spoken about how they would put on plays at the palace as children.

The actress said, “She asked if I had done acting when I was younger, and then I asked her if she had done acting when I was younger.”

“She said she did, and I asked if they did plays at the palace, and she said they did — just in that room, actually,” Wilson said, pointing to the room, in which the awards were presented.


Ram John Holder after being awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

She went on to say that the highlight of her career was the TV show Mrs Wilson, in which she played her real-life grandmother who discovers her late husband had another family.

Wilson said: “It was in honor of my family and it was for them and it was tough and there was a tremendous amount of pressure.

“I could see giving back to my family and even just the conversations we had as a family – it was really important and it opened up conversations and discussions and I think that’s what I’m most proud of. ”

Actor and musician Ram John Holder, 88, also received his CBE at the ceremony.

The 88-year-old, best known for playing a porkpie on TV series Desmond’s, said: “It’s just beyond dreams what you can achieve – professionally I speak – and of course the award, the award.

“I couldn’t have imagined it better.”

The actor later added, “I’m an old person now, but it would be amazing to dig up my parents’ grave and say, ‘Mom and Daddy, look what happened to your boy.’

“It’s a lifetime achievement. It’s kind of a closing – no end because I still have a few years and work ahead of me – but it’s total fulfillment for the work we’ve done and recognition and I’m very, very happy.”


Kate French after being awarded an MBE (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The Frenchman, who won the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, was named an MBE during the ceremony.

The 31-year-old, who said she hopes to defend her title at the Paris Olympics in 2024, told PA the day was an “amazing experience” and “very special”.

“I was really surprised and honored to have received an MBE.

“It’s really nice to be recognized for achievements, especially this year because we won gold for both men and women, and to become an MBE is just amazing.”

French said Anne spoke to her about the changes to the pentathlon following the decision last year to remove horseback riding from the sport.

“She’s obviously very into equestrianism and she said it might be very sad that horseback riding is being removed,” French said. Award-winning actress Ruth Wilson jokes she’ll wear MBE “every time I go out.”

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