Colin Firth receives a CBE

COLIN FIRTH RECEIVES A CBE
 
It must be that playing a king has left in him the attitude of a royal, and it must not be forgotten that he is British, and they have it in the blood (though not everyone shows it): after receiving his CBE from the Prince of Wales, Colin Firth has refused to talk to the press. Instead, he sat quietly to watch the rest of the ceremony, and only spoke briefly to Prince Charles.
 
This is the story of what happened today as it has been reported by the media. CBE stands for Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and it has been awarded for the contribution to British drama. The title of Commander itself has gained much criticism because of the military sound, but looking at the final scenes of the Oscar-winning “The King’s Speech” (in which Colin Firth plays the role of Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI) there has to be glad nobody has changed it to Companion as suggested: not a man would have worn the same uniform with the same charm.
 
I may be a very traditional person from many points of view, but I like the aura of historicity behind knighthood and a title like “Commander.” I like Orders and all those things that sound coming directly like from the Middle Ages. The military appeal sounds acceptable as something symbolic; on the receipt of his MBE(later returned),John Lennon has been reported to have said “Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war– for killing people… we received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.”
 
The years of the Vietnam conflict are, luckily, over, and hopefully the ones of the Middle Eastern ones will be soon too, so we can judge the knighthood a little more light-heartedly than he did when he returned it.The newly CBE Colin Firth has, in my opinion, well deserved his prize, representing his country in an enviably way in front of the world, especially with his portrayal of the latest king, which raised the quotations of appreciation of the monarchy.