Dame Helen Mirren leads moving tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at the BAFTAs

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Dame Helen Mirren leads BAFTA tribute to Queen Stuart Wilson/BAFTA - Getty Images

Dame Helen Mirren lead a moving tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards on Sunday (19 February).

The star took to the stage to lead the official tribute before the audience, which included the Prince and Princess of Wales on the front row.

During a speech, Dame Helen referred to Her Majesty as “our nation’s leading star” and said she was “unquestionably the nation’s leading lady but as mysterious as a silent film star."

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“Who else could meet the world’s most famous singers, actors and performers and turn them into her supporting cast?” she added.

A slideshow of images played during her message, including footage of Queen Elizabeth II receiving her own honorary BAFTA at Windsor Castle in 2012. It was presented to Her Majesty by Sir Kenneth Branagh, in recognition of her outstanding patronage of the film and television industries.

Dame Helen was absent from the red carpet but appeared on stage to deliver the tribute, and looked stunning in a floating, sheer layered dress with caped sleeves.

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The floor-length black dress featured silver embellishments along the shoulders and down the length of the gown. Helen paired the dress with statement earrings and styled her hair in a chic bun, adding a swipe of warm, pink-red lipstick.

After Helen Mirren's own tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, a voice over from Her Majesty herself played over images of stars of the screen, some photographed with their BAFTA awards.

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