The Queen keeps her Bafta trophy above her TV

“I couldn’t help looking at my Bafta,” the Queen told 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen as she congratulated him on his win

Last year she was awarded a Bafta trophy for her lifelong support of the Academy, and Her Majesty knew just where to put it – above her television.


The Queen, who was hosting a reception for the dramatic arts at Buckingham Palace this week, revealed this little nugget of information while speaking to fellow Bafta winner Steve McQueen.

After watching the director collect his Best Film award on Monday night for 12 Years A Slave, the Queen said “I couldn’t help looking at mine, my Bafta, which I keep above the television.”

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? What kind of television is it? Traditional or flatscreen? How big a screen? Does she have surround sound? And is the trophy always there or just on special occasions?

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace was unable to elaborate, but said the Bafta “would be in her private apartment”.

“It’s quite rare for the Queen to receive an award herself,” added the royal source. “The Queen herself sends out many awards, hundreds every year. A number of awards or actual gifts are either all on display in the royal residences or indeed in the Queen’s private apartment.”

Continuing her Bafta chat with McQueen, Her Majesty said of Best Actor winner Chiwetel Ejiofor’s speech, in which he credited his director with the win, “I thought it was rather nice the way the actor said it was yours”.

If you missed this year’s Baftas catch-up with our live blog, which followed the action as it happened