Stars join Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate Dickens

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Posted: Feb 14, 2012 5:00 PM
Stars join Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate Dickens

Movie stars were among those who joined Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth.

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening for a group of guests that included the writer's great-great-grandson, Mark Dickens.

The monarch greeted actors including "Johnny English" star Rowan Atkinson and "X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson.

Anderson recently played Miss Havisham in a BBC adaptation of "Great Expectations."

Earlier, the royal couple attended a performance that featured scenes and best-known characters from Dickens' work.