The Royalist

02.18.14

Helen Mirren Shakes a Finger At The Queen!

Queen and alter-ego come face to face at palace reception

There aren't many people who would dare shake a finger at Her Majesty - but that's what Helen Mirren, who plays the Monarch with some regularity, appears to be doing in this picture.

Helen Mirren, was attending a Bafta reception at Buckingham Palace where she said that that she was a little taken aback when Prince William referred to her as "granny" at the awards ceremony.

"He called me granny," the actress told Kate, according to a report on Sky News.

Speaking about being introduced to the head of state, Dame Helen said "You're thinking 'it's the Queen it's the Queen'," and when asked if she still got starstruck replied: "Of course, even more so I think because I feel self conscious, you know."

She added: "I am genuinely always astounded by her aura, her twinkle, her presence. It never fails to surprise me and again it's what everyone says when they meet her - it was what overwhelmed me the first time I met her."