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Kate Winslet, Harper's Bazaar UK

Alexi Lubomirski/Harper's Bazaar

Kate Winslet is obviously ready for her close-up.

"I've really learnt a great deal about myself, in the last four years in particular," the 37-year-old Oscar winner says in the April issue of Harper's Bazaar U.K., referring to the period of life following her divorce from her second husband, Sam Mendes.

She and Mendes didn't reveal they had split up until March 2010, but it appears the self-discovery got under way a bit before then.

"I think I can see more clearly now—about how the pattern of past experiences has shaped who I am, and the characters I have played—and I'm grateful for that," she continues.

Winslet tied the knot with Ned Rocknroll in December in a small ceremony that flew entirely under the radar until she chose to confirm the news weeks later. And it sounds as if she's firmly of the belief that navigating life's ups and downs has only made her stronger.

"I have so much more material to draw on for work—rubble, bricks—and I know I can carry it now," Winslet tells the magazine. "I'm not going to drop it, and if I do, I'll sift through it. Does that make any sense at all? Probably not."

We get you, Kate.

Meanwhile, before swapping vows for a third time, Winslet had an audience with none other than Queen Elizabeth II, who presented the actress with a CBE, or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

"Oh my God, she looks amazing," Winslet says of Britain's reigning royal. "Beautiful skin—and wonderful thick hair. She looked really well and pretty and fresh, and she was wearing a lovely pale-yellow dress."

As for Winslet, she wore a black suit by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen—the designer responsible for Kate Middleton's wedding gown—to meet the queen. And she looked fabulous.