Mary Berry's CBE is icing on cake
Mary Berry has received the icing on the cake in the form of a CBE awarded by the Prince of Wales.
The cookery writer - who has become a household name to a new generation of cake lovers thanks to her role as a judge in the show The Great British Bake Off - said she is "immensely honoured" to receive the accolade that marked a career writing recipes and preparing meals for the nation for more than 40 years.
Charles hosted the investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle in place of the Queen who pulled out to rest a sore back as she would have been standing for the hour-long event.
Mary said she was pleased to meet the Prince for the first time: "This is a lovely finale to the year and I'm immensely honoured and proud to be here but I could not have done it without the support of my family and friends."
The highly anticipated final of The Great British Bake Off will be broadcast next Tuesday when remaining contestants John Whaite, Brendan Lynch and James Morton battle it out for the title.
Asked about the show's appeal, Mary said: "This is not a hyped-up programme. It's totally sincere. We aim to get people baking and to enjoy it and to further their skills.
"It's very tough but they are friendly to each other and we encourage them, we don't want to make them cry.
"I think the audience enjoy it because it's fun, and they get attached to the characters who, although they are competing and dying to win, they still help the person next to them and borrowing spoons and things."