Eddie Redmayne Receives OBE Honor From Queen Elizabeth: 'The Whole Experience Is Incredibly Humbling'
By Desiree Murphy
Eddie Redmayne has officially become an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire!
The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star met Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Friday, and was all smiles while receiving the shiny new OBE medal for his services to drama from the 90-year-old royal.
Interestingly enough, Redmayne actually attended school at Eton College with the queen's grandson, Prince William. "She was asking me whether I prefer film or theater, and asked me if I enjoyed it," Redmayne told reporters following his chat with the monarch.
"I'm very lucky to do something I am passionate about," he added. "I'm very grateful to do something I love, because it is a rare thing."
Grateful, indeed! Redmayne also couldn't stop gushing about receiving such an "extraordinary" honor, telling reporters, "It is something that I had never thought of, and it was never in my wildest imagination."
"The whole experience is incredibly humbling," he continued. "And also getting to be in Windsor Castle is breathtaking, around Christmas as well, with all the decorations."
Back in June, Redmayne and Bagshawe welcomed their first child together, daughter Iris. The British actor told reporters outside the castle that being a parent has been "wonderful" thus far, "except [Iris] does have the habit of knowing when you have a big day, like today."
"She was up until four in the morning, so both my wife and I came today with matchsticks under our eyes," he joked. "Other than that, she is on cracking form."
Redmayne echoed those sentiments while chatting with ET in New York City last month.
"I don't think anything can prepare [you for parenthood]," he dished. "The amazing thing is everything that everyone tells you beforehand -- which is all cliché -- is true. You've heard it all before and yet when you're experiencing it, it feels like the first time and you suddenly start telling everyone these things as if they're completely new and original thoughts. And they're like, 'Yeah, that's the cliché.'"