11/21/2012 12:57 pm ET

Kate Winslet Honored With CBE By Queen Elizabeth II (PHOTO)

She's considered one of the best actresses of our generation, and now Kate Winslet has something else to show for it.

The Oscar-winning actress, 37, was given the prestigious CBE honor for services to drama by Queen Elizabeth II herself during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London today, Nov. 21. CBE standing for Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire -- pretty snazzy, huh?

"The sense of gravity is enormous and you very much feel you are being acknowledged by the whole country in a way," Winslet said on receiving her honor.

Looking sharp in a fitted black skirt suit and sporting a black-and-white feathered hair-piece by Natalie Ellner for Ellsewhere, Winslet chatted with the Queen after accepting her medal.

"It was such an honor to meet the Queen, it was my first time," Winslet said, adding, "She told me that she was delighted to be presenting me with my award and then asked whether I liked my job. I told her that I loved it but I love being a mom even more."

"The Queen said ‘Yes, that’s the only job which matters.’ What a genuinely lovely thing to say!" the actress continued. "And I couldn’t agree with her more."

Winslet's two children Mia, 12, and Joe, 8, were on hand to support their mom during her memorable ceremony.



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