27 OCTOBER 2005

Click here to send this news item to a friend The Queen is well-known for her very British sense of reserve and decorum when entertaining guests at Buckingham Palace, but even she couldn't help breaking into a grin when Dame Judi Dench stopped by this week. Her Majesty presented the renowned actress with a very special prize on Wednesday afternoon. The Oscar-winning star became one of only 65 people to be given the title Companion of Honour, which is reserved for those whose achievements are considered to be of national importance.

Judi wasn't the only VIP to get a royal welcome, as the impressive-looking Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho was also in attendance. The diplomat, who went along to present his Letters of Commission, made quite an impression with his printed cloak and straw hat. The Windsors already enjoy a warm relationship with his southern African nation, where Prince Harry spent part of his gap year working in an orphanage.

And although Dame Judi wasn't born into the aristocracy, she likewise knows a thing or two about royal life. She picked up a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown, while her treatment of Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare In Love earned her an Academy Award.

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Dame Judi and the sovereign were both clearly delighted to see each other once again. The Oscar-winning actress is one of just 65 people who have received the title Companion of HonourPhoto: © Empics
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Prince Seeiso, who hosted Harry's trip to Lesotho, is greeted by the sovereignhoto: © Empics
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