Benedict Cumberbatch got a palatial seal of approval on Tuesday (Nov. 10) as Queen Elizabeth II herself presented the "Sherlock" star with her illustrious Command of the British Empire award at Buckingham Palace.
And of course he looked ridiculously handsome while accepting his royal prize.
Benny was awarded this distinction for his services to the performing arts and charity and got to chat with the Queen for a bit about his current works -- and things got adorably awks for a sec between them.
"It was lovely. She asked me what I was doing at the moment, and I told her I'd finished a three month run at the Barbican. She said, 'Oh, I saw.' And I went, 'did you?!' And she went, 'well, no.' She didn't actually see it in the theater, but she knew of it," he explained to on-site press of his regal encounter.
Of course, his acting skills are only half the reason he was selected for this honor -- his philanthropic endeavors filling in the other half.
Most recently, BC has been using the literal platform that his "Hamlet" stage provided him to condemn the U.K.'s response to the European migrant crisis and raised donations in excess of £150,000 for Save the Children's relief efforts for Syrian refugees.
Cumberbatch was criticized for speaking out about political and humanitarian issues after his nightly performances, but today he stood by that decision saying that he's more "interested in the numbers of people who are drowning off the coast of the Island of Lesbos. I'm interested in trying to help people who need funding help."
"It's quite nervewracking," he said of his experience meeting the Queen. "There's nothing really that prepares you for such a unique occasion, and I feel very privileged to be here."
And while the Cumberbaby didn't make it to the posh event, Benedict did bring his wife Sophie Hunter and his parents to the show and said they were all "smiling away."
Benedict's CBE is the latest of several honors doled out to British thesps. "12 Years A Slave" star Chiwetel Ejiofor was awarded the same by Prince William in October. Meanwhile, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" star Eddie Redmayne is also being honored with the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) and actor Kevin Spacey received honorary knighthood.
Here's hoping Benedict wears his new stately bauble to every event ever from here on out.