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Helena Bonham Carter Plays Buckingham Palace

The Queen's badge for The King's Speech actress.

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Puttin' on my top hat. Helena Bonham Carter wears a tiny top hat as part of an ensemble that is miles away from her costumes in The King's Speech.

The Queen of Hearts arrived in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace but there was no showdown between two Queens.

With a warm smile Queen Elizabeth II made actress Helena Bonham Carter a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) at an investiture ceremony yesterday.

Carter played the role of the Queen's mother in the movie The King's Speech. It is understood that Queen Elizabeth approved of the portrayal of both her parents in the film.

The Queen affixed the CBE badge to Carter's shoulder in what must have been a poignant moment for both monarch and actress. The Queen's mother passed away in 2002 at the age of 101.

Carter is noted for her wild dress sense and did not waver, even on such a traditional occasion. Her tartan suit with a bustle is thought to be from London designer Vivienne Westwood.

Carter, no stranger to regal roles, played the Queen of Hearts in her husband Tim Burton's recent film, Alice in Wonderland.

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Charlotte Germane dishes the dirt on gardening in newsletters, radio shows, newspapers, and blogs. Follow her on Twitter to get the latest trowel-full of news. She live-blogged the Royal Wedding for The Morton Report and has series of royalty columns here.

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