Inside Cate Blanchett’s encounter with the Royal Family: Australian actress recalls how Prince Philip asked her to fix her DVD player when the Queen invited her to lunch

Many Australian stars have paid tribute to the Queen after her death aged 96 – with stories of Her Majesty’s time Down Under.

Many of the country’s A-listers have also paid tribute to Elizabeth II as Australia mourns the royal.

Footage has also surfaced of Cate Blanchett revealing she met the late Queen and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace, only to be asked how to fix their DVD player.

Footage has surfaced of Cate Blanchett (left) revealing her time with the Royal Family, revealing she met the late Queen and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace, only to be asked how to fix their DVD player

Appearing on ITV’s The Jonathan Ross in 2018, the star revealed she wondered if the Queen wanted to ask her to play her Oscar-winning role as namesake Queen Elizabeth I when she received the invitation.

“There were 12 of us and I couldn’t understand why I had been invited,” she recalls. “Playing Queen Elizabeth and sitting next to her, I thought, ‘Maybe she’s seen the movie and wants to ask me about my interpretation.’

Referring to the Duke of Edinburgh, Cate, 53, said: “I sat next to him and he said, ‘I hear you’re an actor? Well, I was given a DVD player for Christmas and I can’t tell if I’m putting on the green cord or the red cord.”

Appearing on ITV's The Jonathan Ross in 2018, the star revealed she wondered if the Queen wanted to ask her to play her Oscar-winning role as her namesake, Queen Elizabeth I, when she received the invitation.

Appearing on ITV’s The Jonathan Ross in 2018, the star revealed she wondered if the Queen wanted to ask her to play her Oscar-winning role as her namesake, Queen Elizabeth I, when she received the invitation.

And I said, “Sir, that’s really not my expertise.” I thought, ‘He invited me to lunch to tell me about his DVD player.’

It comes as footage has resurfaced of the precious moment a group of cheering Australian celebrities met the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2011 ahead of her royal tour Down Under.

Hugh Jackman, Elle Macpherson and Neighbors star Jason Donovan were among other Australian ‘royalty’ who enjoyed a reception with Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip.

Hugh, Jason and Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood all wore smart black suits and ties for the lavish event.

Footage has also surfaced of the precious moment a group of excited Australian celebrities including Hugh Jackson, Elle Macpherson and Neighbors star Jason Donovan met the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2011 ahead of her royal tour Down Under

Footage has also surfaced of the precious moment a group of excited Australian celebrities including Hugh Jackson, Elle Macpherson and Neighbors star Jason Donovan met the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2011 ahead of her royal tour Down Under

Meanwhile, Elle looked giddy as she chatted with other guests as they waited for the meeting.

The model was elegantly dressed in a beige ruffled dress paired with a matching handbag.

In the footage, Her Majesty is seen glancing at the large group before joking: ‘I didn’t realize there were so many Australians.’

Marvel action star Hugh laughed at the queen’s joke and replied “oh yeah, we’re everywhere”.

Hugh Jackman and Elle Macpherson (pictured) looked giddy as they looked forward to meeting the Queen

Hugh Jackman and Elle Macpherson (pictured) looked giddy as they looked forward to meeting the Queen

He then told the Queen he hoped her next royal visit to Australia would be “fantastic”.

Hugh was subsequently named in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List in 2019 for “distinguished service to the performing arts and to the global community, as an advocate for the eradication of poverty”.

Britain is a country in mourning following the death on Thursday of beloved monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

After a remarkable 70 years on the throne, the country’s longest-serving royal died today ‘peacefully’, aged 96, at the Balmoral estate – surrounded by her family.

Britain is a country in mourning following the death on Thursday of beloved monarch Queen Elizabeth II.  After a remarkable 70 years on the throne, the country's longest-reigning royal died 'peacefully' today, aged 96, at the Balmoral Estate - surrounded by her family

Britain is a country in mourning following the death on Thursday of beloved monarch Queen Elizabeth II. After a remarkable 70 years on the throne, the country’s longest-reigning royal died ‘peacefully’ today, aged 96, at the Balmoral Estate – surrounded by her family

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