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Ruth Wilson says she will wear her MBE’every time she goes out’

Ruth Wilson has joked that she will wear her MBE “every time I go out” as she collected the award at Buckingham Palace.

The actress, who has won two Olivier Awards as well as a Golden Globe for her performance in the TV series The Affair, was made an MBE in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to drama.

She joined others including actor and musician Ram John Holder and Olympic modern pentathlon gold medallist Kate French to collect their awards from the Princess Royal at the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking to the PA news agency, Wilson said the day had been “amazing”, adding that the award is a “huge honor” and a “real privilege”.

Asked where she would put her MBE, she joked: “On my lapel –I’m going to wear it for the next .. every time I go out.

“No I don’t know, I’ll have to frame it or something. Or maybe round my neck.”

On what the recognition meant to her personally, Wilson said: “It’s amazing –I’ve seen for years people getting these awards for various things, for dedicating their life to their jobs and what they do.

“It’s just a real privilege to be awarded it and be amongst all these other people I’ve seen in the room today.

“It’s just really lovely seeing people coming from all over the country and the services they have done to the community or in their chosen field.”

Asked about her conversation with the Princess Royal, Wilson said Anne talked about how they would put on plays in the palace as children.

The actress said: “She asked whether I had done acting when I was younger and then I asked her whether she had done acting when she was younger.”

“She said that she had, and I asked if they put on plays in the palace and she said they did –just in that room actually,” Wilson said, indicating the room where the awards had been handed out.

She went on to say the TV show Mrs Wilson, in which she played her real-life grandmother who discovers that her late husband had another family, was her career highlight.

Wilson said: “It was in honor of my family and it was for them and it was hard and it was a huge amount of pressure.

“I could see how I was giving something back to my family and even just the conversations we were having as a family –it was really important and it opened up conversations and discussions and I think that it’s the thing that I feel most proud of. “

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