Philanthropy and charity work, founding non-profit organizations, and winning outstanding awards for their acting and singing careers — for these artists, being their best and helping others is their daily routine and none other than Queen Elizabeth II herself has recognized them with a well-deserved royal honor.
1. David Beckham
Besides his notable footballer career, David Beckham is also known for his charity work across the globe. Among others, he’s been an ambassador to UNICEF since 2005 and to the Malaria No More UK since 2007. He received his “Officer of the Order of the British Empire” (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II.
2. Kate Winslet
3. Ed Sheeran
4. Elton John
6. Benedict Cumberbatch
7. Eddie Redmayne
8. Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor isn’t just a Hollywood actor, but has also done noticeable charity work. He has been a UNICEF partner since 2004 and together with this organization he has traveled everywhere from Africa and Mongolia, to remote parts of India. In 2013 he received his OBE honor for his services to drama and charity.
9. Catherine Zeta-Jones
A movie star and Michael Douglas’ wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones also supports several charities and causes. She often raises funds for people in need, is an ambassador of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and is one of the members of the Cinema for Peace Foundation. Because of that, in 2010 she was honored with “Commander of the Order of the British Empire” (CBE) by the Monarchy of the United Kingdom.
10. Helena Bonham Carter
11. Helen Mirren
12. Bill Gates
13. The 4 members of The Beatles
There’s no denying that Bono’s charitable and political side speaks as loud as his passion for music. He’s a philanthropist and activist that co-founded DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign, and Product Red to help Africa. He has an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for both his music and his humanitarian work.
15. Angelina Jolie
What do you do to make the world a better place?