Catherine Zeta Jones at the Palace
Published 24/02/2011 | 11:51
Catherine Zeta Jones has spoken of her happiness at being able to collect her CBE with husband Michael Douglas by her side after his much-publicised fight against throat cancer.
The Welsh beauty turned Oscar-winning star received the honour for services to the film industry and to charity from the Prince of Wales.
She said after the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony: "It means a lot to come home with my family and to be honoured in this way - very emotional, rather nervous I must say, and it was worth (it) to have Michael in good health to be able to enjoy it (with me)."
Michael and the couple's two children, Dylan, 10, and Carys, seven, joined her at the palace and watched from seats in its ballroom as Charles made her a CBE.
The actor looked thin despite revealing recently that he has beaten cancer and that his tumour has gone. He has said he now needs monthly checks.
Catherine revealed that she had chatted to the Prince about her husband's health and said Charles had expressed his sympathy.
She said: "Obviously we talked about Michael. The last time I saw His Royal Highness, Michael had just got his treatment so he was concerned, but he was very happy to hear... he's well on the road to recovery."
Catherine, who celebrated her 10th wedding anniversary last year, added: "As I said to His Royal Highness, to have Michael here with me in much better health than the last time I saw His Royal Highness is a big thing, and then this (CBE) of course is a huge bonus. He's recovering great, the tumour's gone and (it's) the beginning of another road but it's all good, a better one."
Asked if she had any tips for the engaged couple of the moment, Prince William and Kate Middleton, she replied: "Oh well, I mean through thick or thin I guess is the only advice. This last past year has tested us on many levels. I'm very royalistic, very patriotic - I can't wait for the royal wedding."
Catherine rose to fame in The Darling Buds Of May and made her breakthrough in Hollywood as Elena Montero in 1998's The Mask Of Zorro. Her greatest success to date has been her performance in 2002's Chicago as vampish killer Velma Kelly, for which she won the best supporting actress Oscar.