Mr Day-Lewis, now known as Sir Day-Lewis, is notable for being choosy with his roles, and has only starred in five films in the last 16 years.
Sir Daniel Day-Lewis career includes My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood
Prince William was also on hand to give the series of investitures to foster parents, Christine and Harry Burditt from Sheffield, who, over 30 years have fostered 40 children.
Sir Daniel Day-Lewis and Prince William chat afterwards
Harry told reporters afterwards William said: "I need to speak to you, because I need some tips for looking after George."
Christine revealed that it was 'overwhelming' to be honoured for services to children and families, but they hoped that they could still 'be useful' to those who in need of their help.