Lingerie tycoon Jacqueline Gold said she hopes a female prime minister will "really inspire women" and thinks Theresa May is the "right person" for the job.
The chief executive of Ann Summers spoke after collecting her CBE from the Princess Royal at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle yesterday.
She received the honour for her services to entrepreneurship, women in business and social enterprise, and said "there is nothing greater than being recognised for something you are passionate about".
Others collecting accolades from Anne at the ceremony included Tracey Neville, the head coach of the England netball team and sister of footballing stars Gary and Phil, who received an MBE; as well as the first female commentator on Match Of The Day, Jacqui Oatley, who also picked up an MBE. Ms Gold said she has high hopes for Mrs May, who is soon to be the country's second female prime minister.
"I'm hoping having a female prime minister is really going to inspire women," the 55-year-old said. "Women have got to stop playing themselves down and realise that they are amazing."
Meanwhile, Tracey Neville said the year since the death of her father has been very difficult. Last year her father Neville Neville (65) suffered a heart attack and died in Sydney, Australia, while supporting her coach the England netball team.
"Obviously my dad would have been honoured to be here and it is a shame he can't come and share it with me," she said.