Actress Helen Mirren Pays Tribute to Prince with Purple Dress and Tattoo at White House Correspondents Dinner

Actress Helen Mirren Pays Tribute to Prince with Purple Dress and Tattoo at White House Correspondents Dinner

Dame Helen Mirren basically won the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night when she commemorated pop legend Prince.

Turning up in a Purple Rain-inspired lace gown and sporting a purple Love Symbol tattoo just below her collarbone, the veteran actress paid the perfect tribute to the late singer.

Pointing to the hand-drawn tattoo honouring the singer, the Oscar winner called Prince a ‘great artist’ who she admired.

The Queen’s salute to Prince. (Picture: Ron Sachs / CNP)
The Queen’s salute to Prince. (Picture: Ron Sachs / CNP)

‘I admire great artists and he was a great artist,’ she told The Washington Post.

Mirren added that she wished the ‘tattoo’ had a better back story than the truth – which is that she did it herself.’

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: RITZ CLUB Photo of PRINCE, Prince performing on stage - Purple Rain Tour (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
Prince performing on his Purple Rain Tour. (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
Director Taylor Hackford (L) and actress Dame Helen Mirren arrive at the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) annual dinner in Washington, DC,USA, on April 30, 2016.
Director Taylor Hackford joins Dame Helen Mirren at the annual dinner in Washington. (Picture: Ron Sachs / CNP)

She confessed: ‘I’d love to say that Prince himself did it in 1988 or something, instead of me in the bathroom this morning.’

Mirren received a special mention from President Barack Obama during his speech at the dinner. He said: ‘Helen Mirren is here tonight.

‘I don’t even have a joke here, I just think Helen Mirren is awesome. She’s awesome.’

Mirren is currently starring in technological war thriller, Eye In The Sky, as Colonel Katherine Powell, a military intelligence officer leading a top-secret drone operation on a mission that quickly spirals out of control.

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