Emma Thompson promotes equal pay for women in Buckingham Palace visit
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Actress Emma Thompson wore a pin supporting equal pay for women during her visit to England's Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. 

Thomson wore the "equal pay" pin as she received her damehood from the Duke of Cambridge. 

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The pin was designed by the Fawcett Society, a charity focused on gender equality and women's rights in the United Kingdom, ABC reported.

The Fawcett Society's pin commemorates Equal Pay Day, "the day from which women effectively stop earning relative to men." That day falls on Nov. 10 this year in the U.K., according to the charity.

U.K. companies with more than 250 employees were required this year to report details of the gap between the wages they paid men and women. Many of the companies reported significant gaps between the genders, with some companies revealing wage gaps exceeding 70 percent.

During her visit, Thompson, known for her roles in the "Harry Potter" film series and "Love Actually," said she hopes to use her damehood to bring awareness to the issue of children going hungry over school holidays.