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Angela Lansbury 'proud' to be made a Dame by the Queen

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Image caption Angela Lansbury was born in the UK but moved to the US during World War Two

Actress Angela Lansbury said she was "very proud" to be recognised by the country of her birth, as she was made a Dame by the Queen.

The 88-year-old, who played Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote and is currently acting on the West End stage, received the honour at Windsor Castle.

"To meet the Queen under these circumstances is a rare and lovely occasion," Dame Angela said.

She was honoured for her lifetime of acting and her charity work.

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Image caption Dame Angela was honoured at Windsor Castle

Dame Angela's film roles have included family film Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Manchurian Candidate and Blue Hawaii alongside Elvis Presley.

She is best known to millions as crime writer-turned-amateur sleuth Fletcher in long-running US series Murder, She Wrote, but recently returned to the London stage for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Her starring role in a revival of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre, playing eccentric medium Madame Arcati, was lavished with praise by the critics when it opened last month.

Dame Angela left the UK for the US as a child during World War Two, after the death of her father.

She now joins a group of acting Dames including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Penelope Keith.

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Image caption Dame Angela's son and his wife joined her from the US, as well as her niece who lives in England

She has been nominated for an Oscar three times, including for her debut in 1944 thriller Gaslight, and was presented with an honorary Oscar last year.

However she said being honoured by the Queen felt completely different.

"[The Oscar] is for my work in motion pictures and this is for the overall accomplishments of my life as an actress," she said.

"It has afforded me the joy of working in America and also in England a great deal."

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Image caption Entertainer Nicholas Parsons was made a CBE for his charity work, while sculptor Antony Gormley was knighted

Just A Minute host Nicholas Parsons, 90, was also honoured with a CBE for his work with children's charities, in addition to the OBE he already has for his broadcasting career.

He later revealed the Queen had told him his hard work was "greatly admired".

Sculptor Antony Gormley received a knighthood from the Queen.

He said: "I take the award in the name of sculpture because I think of it as being an art form that is of and for the public."

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