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Keira Knightley is set to receive an OBE at Buckingham Palace

Keira Knightley arrives at Buckingham Palace ahead of receiving OBE for services to drama and charity alongside her parents and husband James Righton… (who breaks royal protocol with his outfit choice)

  • The Investitures will be conducted by the Prince of Wales at 11am on Thursday
  • Keira chose a Chanel suit and hat for the occasion, with a pink belt cinching her in at the waist 
  • The actress scored her breakthrough role as a football-loving teenager in Bend It Like Beckham 15 years ago 
  • She was first nominated for an Oscar in 2006, as best actress for Pride & Prejudice, and again for best supporting actress for The Imitation Game in 2015 

Keira Knightley is set to receive an OBE for her services to drama and charity at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, after partnering with charities including WaterAid and Oxfam.  

The star, 33, looked incredible as she posed for pictures ahead of the event, alongside her parents and husband James Righton, wearing a lemon suit by Chanel, which was cinched in at the waist with a pink belt. 

The face of the high-end fashion house wore a white shirt which had a black ribbon tie detail and completed her look with a matching hat. She also wore taupe shoe boots which came complete with an ankle strap.   

Achievement: Keira Knightley is set to receive an OBE at Buckingham Palace on Thursday at 11am for her services to drama and charity – joined by her tie-free husband James Righton (left), father Will Knightley, (far right) and mother Sharman Macdonald 

A moment of pride: Keira’s honour comes after she partnered with WaterAid and Oxfam – the service will be conducted by the Prince Of Wales ar 11am

The Investitures are set to be conducted by the Prince of Wales.   


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While Keira was dressed to impress, her rockstar husband shunned royal protocol by going tie-free for the occasion, although the rules seem to have relaxed in recent years. 

Morning dress, military uniform, lounge suits or national dress are required to be worn on the day. 

And, according to Bartlett and Butcher who specialise in Investiture attire, men should wear: ‘A black tailcoat should be worn with a grey top hat and gloves (which should be carried), and a dove grey waistcoat.  

Incredible: She wore a white shirt which had a black ribbon tie detail and completed her look with a matching hat. Keira also wore taupe shoe boots in a sartorially sensational moment

Making memories: No doubt this is one photo which will take pride of place in the family home

Proud moment: Keira posing at Buckingham Palace for press shots ahead of the Investitures 

‘A buff waistcoat is also acceptable or striped waistcoat which matches the trousers. If you are not wearing a club, society or uniform tie a traditional formal grey sober tie should be worn.’

In early November, Emma Thompson defended her decision to wear trainers to accept her Damehood from Buckingham Palace. 

She said: ‘But they were posh trainers… Was there a lot of controversy? What you have to understand as well as never listening to any… podcast ever, apart from yours obviously, I don’t do social media, I have no idea, so when these things happen, “Oh my god, you caused a stir,” I’m going, ‘Why?’

Meanwhile, Keira famously made a plea for help in South Sudan back in 2014 while working with Oxfam – at the time, conflict had driven 1.5million people from their homes into horrendous living conditions in temporary camps

INVESTITURES DRESS CODE…  

Morning dress, military uniform, lounge suits or national dress are required to be worn on the day.

According to Bartlett and Butcher who specialise in Investitures attire, dress code states: ‘A black tailcoat should be worn with a grey top hat and gloves (which should be carried), and a dove grey waistcoat. 

‘A buff waistcoat is also acceptable or striped waistcoat which matches the trousers. If you are not wearing a club, society or uniform tie a traditional formal grey sober tie should be worn.’ 

She said at the time: ‘They love their children as we do, they want an education for them, they want to give them a secure home and the freedom to run about in safety.  

‘Instead, they watch, powerless, as their toddlers play by the sewage—there’s nowhere else for them,’ 

Keira traveled with Oxfam to a camp in Jonglei, one of three states most affected by the conflict and where child malnutrition rates were climbing. 

In 2010, Keira posed underwater for a video to raise awareness of the Water Aid campaign. 

Meanwhile, the star scored her breakthrough role as a football-loving teenager in Bend It Like Beckham 15 years ago.

Often considered a quintessential English rose character, Keira has portrayed women from across several centuries in a number of period dramas, including Pride & Prejudice, The Edge Of Love and The Duchess.

She shot to global fame as Elizabeth Swann in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl alongside Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom at the age of 17 and reprised the role in three other films.

She was first nominated for an Oscar in 2006, as best actress for Pride & Prejudice, and again for best supporting actress for The Imitation Game in 2015. 

The Love Actually star will be joined at the palace by fellow actor Timothy Bentinck, who is due to receive an MBE for his services to drama.

Movie maven: Keira at the The Nutcracker and the Four Realms film premiere in London on November 1 

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    Most widely known for his long-running role as David Archer in the BBC Radio 4 series The Archers, Bentinck previously said he was “astonished and humbled” to be included in in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

    Kevin O’Hare, director of the Royal Ballet, will receive a CBE for his services to dance alongside rapper and singer Ms Dynamite, real name Niomi McLean-Daley, who will receive an MBE for her services to music.

    Film director Peter Greenaway, former cricketer Steve Elworthy, artist Lubaina Himid and publisher Liz Calder are all also due to receive honours at the investiture ceremony.

    Iconic: One of Keira’s most beloved film roles to date has been the 2003 Richard Curtis directed blockbuster, Love Actually

    Big break: The star scored her breakthrough role as a football-loving teenager in Bend It Like Beckham 15 years ago, (left)

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