Emma Thompson wears sneakers to be honored at Buckingham Palace: 'I think she should be made Queen'

Emma Thompson is over wearing heels, no matter where she goes.

The Love Actually actress proved it Wednesday when she visited Buckingham Palace to be honored as a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, one of the highest honors the royals bestow, wearing sneakers.

That’s right, Thompson saved herself from wearing a pair of fancy heels that surely would have distracted her during her big moment with Prince William. She did, however, wear a fancy suit (adorned with a pin supporting equal pay for women) that measured up to his royal ensemble.

Emma Thompson displays her honors. (Photo: Getty Images)
Emma Thompson displays her honors. (Photo: Getty Images)

(Vanity Fair pointed out that Thompson removed her shoes entirely when she presented onstage at the 2014 Golden Globes, joking that the red liner inside was actually red because it was her blood.)

The two-time Oscar winner looked pretty happy with her latest choice to forgo heels. In fact, she was so in the moment that she asked William for a smooch, which surely would have been frowned upon at the traditional ceremony.

Prince William denied Emma Thompson's request to kiss him Wednesday at Buckingham Palace. (Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)
Prince William denied Emma Thompson’s request to kiss him Wednesday at Buckingham Palace. (Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)

“I love Prince William,” Thompson, a longtime friend of William and the royal family, said after the event. “I’ve known him since he was little, and we just sniggered at each other. I said, ‘I can’t kiss you, can I?’ And he said, ‘No, don’t!'”

It was Thompson’s choice of footwear for the day, rather than words, that stole much of the attention on social media. Etiquette expert William Hanson was particularly appalled, but Thompson’s fans were delighted.

“Trainers are comfy. I approve of Dame Emma’s choice of footwear,” a Thompson supporter wrote.

Another commented, “And I thought I couldn’t love her any more than I do already.”

Thompson was also criticized for participating in the ceremony at all.

She explained her mixed feelings on the subject in a September interview.

“They send you a letter saying, ‘Will you accept it?’” Thompson told Seth Meyers on his late-night talk show. “You can choose not to. You can choose to say, ‘Well, of course we don’t have an empire anymore, thank God, because it was ghastly, colonial, racist, dreadful, dreadful undertaking on every level,’ and actually have some moral principle about it. Or you can be like me and think, ‘Hmmm, it’s gonna be a really nice badge.’”

Dame Emma Thompson has spoken.

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