Eddie Redmayne beamed through his entry into the Office of the British Empire on Friday (Dec. 2), smiling widely as he received the special honour.
The Oscar-winning actor received his medal for services to drama from the Queen at Windsor Castle while dressed smartly in a waistcoat with a pale-blue tie and an Alexander McQueen tailcoat with dark grey-pinstriped trousers. The star attended the ceremony with his wife, Hannah Bagshawe, who looked stylish and elegant for the special occasion in a black Chanel dress and Stephen Jones hat.
Speaking to reporters on the day, the 34-year-old spoke about receiving the royal honour. "The whole experience is incredibly humbling," he admitted. "And also getting to be in Windsor Castle is breath-taking, around Christmas as well, with all the decorations… It is something that I had never thought of, and it was never in my wildest imagination." He also revealed what he and her Majesty chatted about, saying: "[The Queen] was asking me whether I prefer film or theatre, and asked me if I enjoyed it… I'm very lucky to do something I am passionate about. I'm very grateful to do something I love, because it is a rare thing."
Eddie, who recently became a father for the first time to baby daughter Iris, joked about his daughter's sleeping patterns and how she was awake until the early hours of the morning the night before the event. "[Iris] does have the habit of knowing when you have a big day, like today," he said. "She was up until four in the morning, so both my wife and I came today with matchsticks under our eyes. Other than that, she is on cracking form."