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Helena Bonham Carter on Queen's honors list

Actress Helena Bonham Carter talks to Eyewitness News in this undated file photo.

December 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Helena Bonham Carter has reason to celebrate. The actress, who has played British royalty, is about to be honored by the real thing.

This New Year, Queen Elizabeth II will award Bonham Carter with a CBE, short for Commanders of the Order of the British Empire.

The actress, who played Queen Elizabeth in "The King's Speech," says she will dedicate the CBE to her late father.

This title does not come with the word "dame" before it. You have to be knighted for that.

Businessman Gerald Ronson was awarded a CBE for his services to charity. Record producer Steve Lillywhite, who worked with rock groups such as U2, The Rolling Stones and The Smiths, was awarded a CBE for services to music.

Britain's honors are bestowed twice a year by the monarch - at New Year's and on her official birthday in June. Recipients are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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