Alexis Carrington of Dynasty got dressed up for her big date at Buckingham Palace

By Simon Perry
Updated March 26, 2015 11:30 AM
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Queen of showbiz Joan Collins showed off her new honor from a real Queen on Thursday when she visited Buckingham Palace.

The actress, who is set to appear in an upcoming episode of E!’s The Royals as the (fictional) Queen’s mother, was presented her damehood by the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, 66.

“Not in a billion years did I think I would be made a Dame; it never even crossed my mind,” Collins, 81, told reporters at the palace. “It wasn’t anything I ever aspired to. I just wanted to be a jobbing actress, a working actor and somebody who could still perform.”

The star, who as the vixen Alexis Carrington used to don glamorous gowns on the ’80s TV soap Dynasty, wore a hat by Philip Treacy and a cream outfit she designed herself for the investiture ceremony.

She also made it a family affair, as she was joined by her fifth husband, Percy Gibson, and her two children from her second marriage, to writer-entertainer Anthony Newley (1967’s Doctor Dolittle), artist Sasha and singer Tara Newley.

Collins received the honor in recognition of her charity work, including Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice.