Joanna Lumley says being made a Dame was fabulous – however the ceremony left her shaking like a leaf. The actress was summoned to Windsor Citadel to obtain the honour from Princess Anne in July.
But regardless of dwelling within the public eye for many years, she was frozen with worry till the Princess Royal stepped in to alleviate her nerves.
Dame Joanna stated: “I used to be met by Princess Anne however sadly was so overwhelmed with emotion I might barely converse. I apologised and he or she stated: ‘Don’t fear, you’ve gotten a beautiful brim in your hat.’ She saved on speaking earlier than I curtseyed and went out into the Image Gallery. Stevie (husband Stephen Barlow) was there ready and I simply burst into tears.”
The star, who was in James Bond epic On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969 and The New Avengers, acquired the gong for companies to drama, leisure and charitable causes. Dame Joanna, 76, admits in Good Housekeeping, on sale as we speak, that she has been poleaxed by stress and that affected by burnout taught her a invaluable lesson.
She added: “I’ll by no means, ever misinterpret something so badly once more in my life. Now, if I’m drained, I be certain that to place my head down and fall asleep. If one thing utterly terrible is going on, I cope with it.”