Belfast Telegraph

Toksvig tops off big week with OBE

Sandi Toksvig has collected her OBE at Buckingham Palace just days after renewing her vows with her civil partner in front of 2,000 people.

"It has been a heck of a week," the broadcaster said after picking up her award from the Prince of Wales.

"I think I need a holiday after these two events."

Sandi, 55, who presents BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, was recognised for her services to broadcasting.

The Danish-born star has become a familiar face and voice since first finding fame three decades ago as a children's TV presenter. She is now known as a comedienne, presenter and author, and was asked by the Prince of Wales about what she is up to with her quiz shows. She jokingly asked him: "Do you want a guest spot?"

To mark the new legislation which this week saw gay marriage become legal in England and Wales, the star renewed her vows to long-term partner Debbie, who she previously entered into a civil partnership with seven years ago.

Of the ceremony at London's Festival Hall, she said: "We in civil partnerships have to wait for what we called the upgrade (to get married) so we renewed our vows on stage in front of 2,000 people - it was a small event.

"At the end of it we had 2,000 people singing Bring Me Sunshine and dancing. It was a great moment.

"It has been an extraordinary week I have to say."

Staring at her OBE with pride, she said "just look at that" as she spoke of her surprise in being honoured.

She said: "I have spent too long making jokes to think that anybody would think that is worth rewarding - so I was honestly completely overwhelmed.

"Yesterday we had a little event at the BBC to thank everybody because it is not something you do on your own. I would be a rubbish broadcaster by myself, nobody would hear me."


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