Queen Elizabeth Confers Zeta-Jones with Commander Title

Catherine_Zeta-JonesAcademy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones was conferred with the middle rank of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Saturday, June 12.

Zeta-Jones, 40, was born in Swansea, Wales. She was given the honor Commander of the Order of the British Empire or CBE. Thus, she is already entitled to the post-nominal “CBE” after her name. Her services to the film industry and to charity were used to grant her the recognition.

Catherine won Best Supporting Actress from the Oscars and the BAFTA Awards for her role as Velma Kelly in the 2002 film Chicago. She also got a Tony Award nomination this year for her work in A Little Night Music.

Other honorees were Formula One racer David Coulthard, Winter Olympics gold medalist Amy Williams and veteran musicians John Cale and Graham Nash.

The top honors however were given to playwright and screenwriter Ronald Harwood, who earned the right to be called Sir Ronald as he was given the knighthood. He won an Oscar for the film The Pianist.