Honour: Catherine Zeta Jones, wife of Michael Douglas, shows off her CBE on Thursday. *AFP photo
Honour: Catherine Zeta Jones, wife of Michael Douglas, shows off her CBE on Thursday. *AFP photo
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Hollywood superstar Catherine Zeta-Jones received a royal honour from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

The former islander, 41, collected a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the film industry and her charity work.

She was accompanied by her husband Michael Douglas, whose mother is Bermudian, and their two children, Dylan, 10, and seven-year-old Carys.

The family lived in Warwick until June 2009, when they moved to New York.

Ms Zeta Jones was a strong supporter of the island’s organisations and charities, including the Masterworks Foundation.

She served on the board of directors at the National Dance Foundation and helped raise more than $220,000 by joining students on stage at their annual gala in February 2009.

The Welsh-born actress — who won an Oscar for her role as Velma Kelly in 2002’s Chicago — spoke of her joy at collecting the CBE alongside her 66-year-old husband following his battle with throat cancer.

She said: “It means a lot to come home with my family and to be honoured in this way — very emotional, rather nervous.

“It was worth (it) to have Michael in good health to be able to enjoy it (with me).”

Mr. Douglas — best known for Wall Street — appeared thin after revealing he has now got rid of his tumour.

Ms Zeta Douglas’s charity work overseas includes helping raise funds for a children’s hospital in her native Wales.