Kate Winslet has said she talked with the Queen about the joys of being a mother as she collected her CBE.
The Oscar-winning actress, 37, who achieved worldwide fame for her role in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, was honoured at Buckingham Palace for services to drama, 100 years after the sinking of the "unsinkable" ship.
The actress who won a Best Actress Oscar for post-war romantic drama The Reader, was dressed in an outfit by Alexander McQueen for the ceremony, with a hat by Natalie Ellner for Ellsewhere.
Kate said the Queen congratulated her and asked how much she enjoyed acting.
"I said yes I liked it but not as much as being a mother. She said, 'it is the best job'."
Kate has a daughter, Mia, 12, with first husband Jim Threapleton and a son, Joe, with American Beauty and Skyfall director Sam Mendes.
The actress said the ceremony and honour were not comparable to the "terrifying spectacle" of events like the Oscars.
"It is a completely different kind of honour," she added. "The sense of gravity is enormous and you very much feel you are being acknowledged by the whole country in a way.
"There is something incomparably overwhelming about that."