Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

Britain's Queen Elizabeth keeps her BAFTA award on her television.

The 87-year-old royal - who was given the honourable prize last year for supporting the film industry - told '12 Years A Slave' director Steve McQueen at the Buckingham Palace gala on Monday (17.02.14) where she proudly displays her polished gong.

According to The Sun newspaper, she told McQueen - whose film was named Best Film at the BAFTA awards on Sunday (16.02.14) - "I couldn't help but look at mine, which I keep on the television."

The monarch teamed up with Duchess Catherine, 32, to put on a star-studded reception in honour of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) at the beginning of the week, which saw Dame Helen Mirren, Sir David Attenborough, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch in attendance.

Dame Helen - who has played the monarch on-screen and on-stage in the past - impressed the Queen with her recited speech from Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'.

The 68-year-old actress said on Monday: "I am genuinely always astounded by her aura, her twinkle, her presence. It never fails to surprise me and again it's what everyone says when they meet her -- it was what overwhelmed me the first time I met her."