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Dame Joanna Lumley talks about her honors pride

The Absolutely Fabulous actress received an OBE in 1995 and was recently awarded a DBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honors for her services to theatre, entertainment and charitable causes.

Speaking about her femininity, she said: “Honestly, I’m so excited, I can’t tell you. It was the most unexpected thing in the world.

“I was the proud owner of an OBE, which we call an Obi-Wan Kenobi, but I had an OBE and I thought ‘it’s just magic, nothing can be more beautiful than that’ and OBE doesn’t usually leads not, a CBE, which is a step up from that, usually leads to being a lady.”

She added: “So when that letter arrived on December 4th so it was quite late, my husband wasn’t there because he was in Birmingham and I opened that letter which looked a bit formal and I thought ‘oh my god it’s gonna be something else I left out, another ticket or something’ and anyway he said your name came up for a DBE and I burst into tears Jessie I burst into tears because it was such a shock.

“You get a letter from the honors committee…they said it was for theatre, entertainment and charity, so it was the sweetest little trio. I would never have accepted it for charity because i think if you do good things it’s good on you if you want to honor it do you know what i mean and my OBE was given to me for services in theater or entertainment or what whether it be.