Firth Lands CBE Honor

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January 26, 2012 | 11:35am EST

The King’s Speech star Colin Firth came face-to-face with a real-life prince on Thursday as he was honored with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal at Buckingham Palace in London.
The actor was the guest of honor at Queen Elizabeth II’s royal residence, where he was recognized for his services to drama.

He was given the award by the monarch’s son, Charles, Prince of Wales.

Firth was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife Livia, who had earlier ‘tweeted’ a picture of the couple in their smart clothes ahead of the prizegiving.

And in a post on her blog for, she writes, “I could not be more proud of him.”

The 51 year old scooped an Academy Award last year for playing the British monarch’s father, King George VI, in The King’s Speech.