Actresses Emma Thompson and Sarah Gordy honoured at Buckingham Palace

See Prince William's sweet reaction when Emma Thompson tries to steal a kiss from him

See Prince William's sweet reaction when Emma Thompson tries to steal a kiss from him

Oscar-winning actress and enemy of high-heeled shoes everywhere Emma Thompson has been honored with one of Britain's highest awards.

"I'm very outspoken politically", said the 59-year-old, adding that she hoped to use her damehood to bring attention to so-called "holiday hunger", which sees up to three million United Kingdom children go hungry during the school holidays.

But instead of rebuffing Thompson for the sake of royal protocol, what Prince William said next showed once again what we already knew - what an all-round good human being he is. "It's a very lovely feeling", she said. You can choose to say, 'Well, of course we don't have an empire anymore, thank God, because it was ghastly, colonial, racist, dreadful, dreadful undertaking on every level, ' and actually have some moral principle about it. "He said, 'This day isn't about me, it's about you, '" she added.

Emma Thompson is over wearing heels, no matter where she goes. "I'm going, 'why isn't this top of the list?' We have kids begging in schools for leftover food, that's just very bad".

Thompson, who carried on her famously relaxed take on life by teaming her navy Stella McCartney suit with white trainers to the ceremony, has also previously spoken about what it's like to dance with Prince Charles.

Thompson was named for the female equivalent of a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June.

"I've worked really hard in what I believe in", said Gordy, who was recognised for her services to the arts and people with disabilities.

"They send you a letter saying, 'Will you accept it?' You can choose not to".

Outside the palace, Thompson smiled and stood next to her husband Greg and two children, Gaia and Tindyebwa.

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