Benedict Cumberbatch was honored with the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) at an investiture ceremony held at the Buckingham Palace Tuesday. The British actor was accompanied by his wife Sophie Hunter for the ceremony. The “Sherlock” star was appointed a CBE in Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honours List in June.
The actor looked dapper in a black traditional bespoke morning suit and silver tie. He paired it with a crisp white shirt, matching pocket square and deep gray trousers. He completed his look with a pair of black lace-up boots. Cumberbatch also wore a Remembrance Day red poppy pinned to his lapel.
The Harrow educated star received the honor for his services to charity and the performing arts. He was awarded by Elizabeth herself, who shook hands with him. During the ceremony Benedict chatted briefly to the 89-year-old royal.
Cumberbatch said that that the experience was “quite nerve-wracking.” “Her Majesty asked me what I was doing at the moment, and I told her I had finished a three month run at the Barbican, which she knew of. And I told her I had just got back last night from filming in Nepal, Doctor Strange for Marvel, then I’ll be going straight into the fourth series of Sherlock,” said Cumberbatch talking to reporters outside the palace.
The Oscar nominated actor added that he did not know whether the queen was a Sherlock fan. Cumberbatch has been supporting charity appeals to help Syrian refugees, and helped raise more than 150,000 pounds ($227,000) in donations for Save the Children.
He was accompanied by his wife Sophie to the function. The 37-year-old theatre director looked stunning in a brocade lavender dress and navy hat. She gave birth to the couple’s baby boy Christopher in June.
The “Imitation Game” actor’s new film for Marvel “Doctor Strange” will release in 2016. Benedict also joins Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton in the hotly anticipated big screen story of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger later this month when thriller flick “Black Mass” is released nationwide.