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Princess Anne steps up to award Daniel Craig with same honour 007 has

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Princess Anne awarded Daniel Craig the same honour bestowed upon iconic, and fictional, British spy James Bond, who the actor has played in five instalments of the 007 series. Mr Craig smiled with pride as the Princess Royal placed around his neck the medal, officially making him Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to film and theatre.

The ceremony took place this morning at Windsor Castle, during which Princess Anne, representing King Charles III, donned her military uniform. 

While the sovereign is the fount of all the honours, other members of the Royal Family – including Prince William and Anne, are allowed to step in for the King to hand out awards. 

Founded in 1818 by King George IV when he was still the Prince Regent, the CMG order is the sixth-most senior in the British honours system.

It is normally awarded to men and women who hold high office or who render extraordinary or important non-military service to the UK in a foreign country but can also be given to those who have carried out important or loyal service in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs. 

Mr Craig’s CMG was announced at the end of 2021 as it was included in the Queen’s annual New Year Honours list.

Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, who produce and control the James Bond franchise, were also among the figures working in entertainment named on the list. 

Mr Craig, who alongside James Bond has played a number of successful characters including detective Benoit Blanc in Knives Out, got acquainted with royalty over the years. 

He met some of the most senior members of the Firm during the premieres of the James Bond films he starred in. 

Last year, he welcomed to the Royal Albert Hall in London the Prince and Princess of Wales as well as King Charles III and Queen Camilla as they attended the glitzy worldwide launch of 007’s No Time To Die. 

Most notably, however, in 2012 he took part in a skit with late Queen Elizabeth II filmed for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. 

The actor, playing James Bond, was filmed arriving at Buckingham Palace to escort to the Olympic Stadium in east London the sovereign who, to the delight of millions of viewers, turned out to be the real Queen. 

The late monarch was filmed walking out of the palace accompanied by her trusted page, Paul Whybrew, and her corgis. 

The second half of the skit included a stuntman wearing the same pink gown chosen by the Queen for the special night entering a helicopter and, once upon the stadium, parachuting out of the aircraft. 

This morning Princess Anne also handed out a number of MBEs (Member of the British Empire) to people who distinguished themselves for their success in sports.

Six-time world champion in triathlon Jonny Brownlee was among those who met the Princess Royal today, as was two-time gold medal swimmer at Tokyo 2020 James Guy.

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