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Steve McQueen meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace

ROYAL HELLO: McQueen and the Queen at Buckingham Palace (PA)

ACCLAIMED BRITISH director Steve McQueen is in high demand right now following his much-praised film 12 Years A Slave and it appears the Queen even wants a little bit of his stardust to rub off on her.

The London-born film-maker, who is widely tipped for Oscar glory next month, was among a host of world-famous figures from the film industry to make a scheduled visit to Buckingham Palace to meet Her Majesty yesterday (Feb 17).

British actors Helen Mirren, Roger Moore, Joan Collins, Michael Sheen and John Hurt were just some of the renowned stars at the palace to meet members of the royal family, who must have been star-struck themselves.

Comedian and actor Lenny Henry, who won plaudits for his role in theatre play Fences, was also in attendance at the glamorous event, along with Harry Potter stars Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Helena Bonham Carter.

Mirren, well known for her portrayal of the monarch in film The Queen, was left in awe after meeting Elizabeth II, and said: “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.”

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