Film director Steve McQueen is made a Knight Bachelor by Princess Anne at Windsor Castle as he attends the ceremony with his mother and discusses his new Blitz film

Steve McQueen has been made a Knight Bachelor. 

The Oscar-winning filmmaker and artist, 52, was given his knighthood for services to art and film by the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.

Sir Steve, who directed 12 Years A Slave, said he was ‘very happy’ for his mother Mary, who attended the ceremony with him. 

The title of Knight Bachelor is the basic rank given to a man who has been knighted by the monarch but not inducted as a member of one of the organised orders of chivalry; it is a part of the British honours system.

Sir! Steve McQueen, 52, has been made a Knight Bachelor at an investiture ceremony held at Windsor Castle on Tuesday

What a moment! The Oscar-winning filmmaker and artist was given his knighthood for services to art and film by the Princess Royal

The Widows director also said his next film, set to begin production this autumn, will tell the stories of Londoners during the Blitz. 

Asked what was discussed with Anne, he said: ‘We discussed pending projects I’m doing – I’m doing a film called Blitz and we discussed that.

‘The Blitz is the one we’re working on which we hopefully start some time in the autumn.

‘It’s about London, starting in 1940, this is what we’re attempting to do and we’ll see how it pans out.’

Proud mum: Sir Steve, who directed 12 Years A Slave, said he was ‘very happy’ for his mother Mary, who attended the ceremony with him

His drama 12 Years A Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, told the story of a free black man in the US who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.

Sir Steve won the Oscar for best picture in 2014, the first black filmmaker to do so.

He is also known for his 2008 historical drama Hunger and 2011 film Shame.

Sir Steve won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1999 and was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011 for services to the visual arts.

Antebellum US: His drama 12 Years A Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (pictured) as Solomon Northup, told the story of a free black man in the US who was kidnapped and sold into slavery

New film: The Widows director also said his next film, set to begin production this autumn, will tell the stories of Londoners during the Blitz

Knighthood: Asked what was discussed with Anne, he said: ‘We discussed pending projects I’m doing – I’m doing a film called Blitz and we discussed that’

All smiles: He is also known for his 2008 historical drama Hunger and 2011 film Shame

In 2020, he released Small Axe, a film series set in London’s West Indian community, and more recently directed Uprising, a three-part documentary series exploring key events in race relations in Britain.

Talking about Small Axe, he said: ‘It was about telling broader stories about British lives and shining a light on a history which wasn’t given a platform.

‘For me it was about getting it out in the everyday.’

Others recognised were Sara Rowbotham, a former health worker who exposed a child sex abuse ring in Rochdale, Professor Sir Michael McBride, Northern Ireland’s chief medical officer, and former England football captain Gillian Coultard.

Small Axe: In 2020, he released Small Axe, a film series set in London’s West Indian community

 Talented: Sir Steve won the Oscar for best picture in 2014, the first black filmmaker to do so

CBE: Sir Steve won the prestigious Turner Prize in 1999 and was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011 for services to the visual arts

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