How The Crown stars accepted tributes from the royal family despite starring in insensitive series

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Some of The Crown’s stars and creator have happily accepted major awards from members of the royal family despite playing important roles in the insensitive new series.

Imelda Staunton, 66, who plays the Queen, received the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) from Prince William at the opening ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2016, having previously been awarded the OBE in 2006.

Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce, who play the Queen and Prince Philip in the new series of The Crown, have been honored by Prince William and the Queen

Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce, who play the Queen and Prince Philip in the new series of The Crown, have been honored by Prince William and the Queen

Imelda Staunton, 66, who plays the Queen, greets the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) from Prince William at an inauguration at Buckingham Palace.

Imelda Staunton, 66, who plays the Queen, greets the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) from Prince William at an inauguration at Buckingham Palace.

Jonathan Price, 75, who plays Prince Philip, has been knighted by the Queen for services to drama and charity.

Jonathan Price, 75, who plays Prince Philip, has been knighted by the Queen for services to drama and charity.

Jonathan Price, 75, who plays Prince Philip, has been knighted by the Queen for services to drama and charity.

Receiving the award at a ceremony at Windsor Castle, conducted by Princess Anne, he said: “The arts remind people to be kinder, more understanding, more inquiring, and more empathetic. It shows people the importance of discussion and tolerance.”

Leslie Manville, 66, who plays Princess Margaret, receives the CBE award at the 2021 New Year's Honor Ceremony

Leslie Manville, 66, who plays Princess Margaret, receives the CBE award at the 2021 New Year’s Honor Ceremony

Author and author Crown Prince Peter Morgan, 59, was honored with the CBE award in 2016. It was presented by then-Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

Author and author Crown Prince Peter Morgan, 59, was honored with the CBE award in 2016. It was presented by then-Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

Screenwriter and screenwriter Peter Morgan, 59, was honored with the CBE Award in 2016.

It was presented by then-Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Leslie Manville, 66, who plays Princess Margaret, received the CBE award at the 2021 New Year’s Honors after Prince William awarded her the OBE Medal at Buckingham Palace in 2015.

She said the honor sounded like the “final pat on the back.”