Celebrity cook Mary Berry and grime pioneer Dizzee Rascal have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Berry, who has earned the status of national treasure over a six-decade career, was “overwhelmed” at being made a dame for services to broadcasting, the culinary arts and charity.
It is “such a huge honour”, she said.
Dizzee Rascal, real name Dylan Kwabena Mills, has been made an MBE for services to music.
Reacting to the news, Dame Mary added: “When I was first told that I was going to be a dame you don’t really believe it. And then it’s so exciting, and you feel very proud.
“For most of my life I have been lucky enough to follow my passion to teach cookery through books and the media.
“To be a dame is really the icing on the cake.”
The former Great British Bake Off judge joked: “I just wish my parents and brothers were here to share my joy, as my only achievement at school was just one O-Level – in cookery of course.”
Dame Mary is no stranger to the Royal Family, having made meringue roulades with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last year, for her Berry Royal Christmas TV special.
The much-loved broadcaster, baker and food writer is also a patron of Child Bereavement UK, after having lost her son William aged 19 in a car crash in 1989.
In 2018, she told The Graham Norton Show she was once arrested at an airport after baking ingredients were mistaken for drugs.