EastEnders’ Dot Cotton actress June Brown, who has sadly passed away aged 95, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List in 2008 – but her encounter with Her Majesty did not go as smoothly as June had hoped
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EastEnders star June Brown’s iconic character of Dot Cotton has been involved in some of the soap’s most memorable moments.
And for June’s longstanding and distinguished performance as Dot, she received the Royal Seal of Approval in 2008.
She received an MBE for her services to drama and charity work in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honors list.
She later traveled to Buckingham Palace to accept her honor which was presented to her by Her Majesty.
However, in a 2019 interview, June admitted she was considering writing a letter of apology to the Queen after the inauguration ceremony after she made an awkward mistake.
In conversation with the radio timesShe spoke about getting nervous when her name was called during the ceremony.
She explained: “When I was called, I tripped over the step in front of her and nearly fell.
“She said something about how she would enjoy EastEnders and for some reason I replied, ‘I didn’t think you would see it because it conflicts with your dinner.’
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“I didn’t even call her ma’am or your majesty, so later I thought about writing her to apologize. But I suppose I at least made her laugh.”
It wasn’t June’s first encounter with the Queen, however, as she also met her at a party for her 60th birthday.
And June explained that that was a bit awkward too. She said she [Queen] had no idea who i was.
“Her assistants weren’t there to introduce me, so she gave me one look and just walked away, which made me laugh.”
However, these encounters apparently did not have a lasting impact on the Queen, as June was awarded an OBE in the most recent 2022 New Year’s Honors Roll to match her MBE.
Again, this was for her services to drama and charity.
It was announced today that June has died aged 95 and EastEnders bosses pay a heartbreaking tribute to her.
They said: “We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved June Brown, OBE, MBE sadly passed away last night. There are not enough words to describe how much June was loved and adored by everyone at EastEnders, her loving warmth, wit and great sense of humor will never be forgotten…
“June created one of the most iconic characters in Dot Cotton, not just on the soap opera but on British television, and having appeared in 2884 episodes, June’s remarkable performances have created some of EastEnders’ finest moments…
“We send all our love and deepest sympathy to June’s family and friends. A very bright light went out in EastEnders today – we will all grow a sweet sherry in June’s memory. Rest in peace, our dearest June. You will never be forgotten.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/june-brown-wanted-apologise-queen-26630944 June Brown wanted to apologize to Queen after making an awkward remark at the MBE meeting