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Ant and Dec dedicate BAFTA Television Award to Queen Elizabeth

The Geordie duo are certainly no stranger to taking home prizes, and left the awards ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall with two statuettes.

Ant and Dec dedicated their BAFTA Television Award to Queen Elizabeth, after winning the Best Live Event gong for fronting ITV's celebration of the monarch's 90th birthday last May (16).

The Geordie duo are certainly no stranger to taking home prizes, and left the awards ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall with two statuettes.

Referencing the fact that Netflix drama The Crown, in which Claire Foy plays Queen Elizabeth, missed out entirely on awards at the event, despite having led the nominations, Ant and Dec said they wanted to pay tribute to the royal by giving her her first ever BAFTA gong.

"Tonight, the Queen has finally won a Bafta," Dec, full name Declan Donnelly, told BBC News after the ceremony. She's never won a Bafta. She was given an honorary fellowship a few years ago but she's never won a Bafta."

And when they were asked if they consider the Queen to be the true recipient of the prize, Ant, aka Anthony McPartlin, replied: "Yes absolutely. It wasn't our party, it was her party, her birthday. We're quite happy to take it round any time she wants it. She pops the kettle on, and we'll pop round with a Bafta."

"She put it on, it was in her garden at Windsor, it was round her gaff, so it's her Bafta, she deserves it," Dec added.

The pair also won the award for Best Entertainment Programme for their show Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

Other big BAFTA TV Awards winners included hit drama Happy Valley, which beat out The Crown to win Best Drama Series, while the show's star, Sarah Lancashire, grabbed the Leading Actress prize from Claire Foy. And Tom Hollander was the unexpected winner of the Supporting Actor trophy for his work on The Night Manager.

There were also two awards for acclaimed nature series Planet Earth II, and the International prize went to The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which beat out Stranger Things, The Night Of and Transparent for the top award.

Joanna Lumley took home the BAFTA Fellowship Award, following in the footsteps of Dawn French, Julie Walters, and her Absolutely Fabulous co-star Jennifer Saunders, who presented the actress with the award on Sunday night.

The main list of winners at the 2017 BAFTA Television Awards is as follows:

Drama Series - Happy Valley

Entertainment Performance - Michael McIntyre for Michael McIntyre’s Big Show

Specialist Factual - Planet Earth II

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme - Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag

Mini-Series - National Treasure

BAFTA Special Award - Nick Frasier

BAFTA Fellowship - Joanna Lumley

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme - Steve Coogan for Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle

Must See Moment - Planet Earth II: Snakes vs Iguana Chase

Reality & Constructed Factual - Muslims Like Us

Entertainment Programme - Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Leading Actor - Adeel Akhtar for Murdered By My Father

Leading Actress - Sarah Lancashire for Happy Valley

Supporting Actor - Tom Hollander for The Night Manager

Supporting Actress - Wunmi Mosaku for Damilola, Our Loved Boy

Comedy Entertainment Programme - Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe

Scripted Comedy - People Just Do Nothing

Single Drama - Damilola, Our Loved Boy

Soap & Continuing Drama - Emmerdale

Feature Programme - Who Do You Think You Are?

Factual Series - Exodus: Our Journey To Europe

Single Documentary - Hillsborough

International - The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Live Event - The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

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