Article Dec 13, 2016

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Eddie Redmayne receives OBE at Windsor Castle

Eddie Redmayne felt "incredibly humbled" when he was awarded with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on Friday (02Dec16).

The Oscar-winner was pictured beaming as he met Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, where she honored him with the prestigious title for his services to drama.

Talking to the press after the ceremony, Eddie described it as a moment beyond his "wildest imagination".

"It was absolutely wonderful. Also being with such extraordinary people the whole experience is incredibly humbling and also getting to be in Windsor Castle is breathtaking, around Christmas as well with all the decorations," he smiled to reporters.

Eddie was joined by his wife Hannah Bagshawe, who gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Iris May, in June (16). The pair posed proudly for photographers, though The Theory of Everything star admitted he may not have looked his best after their little one kept them up the night before.

"She does have the habit of knowing when you have a big day, like today," he laughed. "And 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."

The 34-year-old also divulged on what Her Royal Highness said to him upon bestowing him with the OBE, revealing she asked him if he prefers film or theatre. As well as movies like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Danish Girl, Eddie has also appeared in stage productions including Richard II and Red.

"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," he added.