Queen of cakes: Mary Berry to be made Dame Commander by Prince Charles

The cookery writer and broadcaster has published more than 50 books during a career spanning more than five decades. She will be honoured during a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony with the Prince of Wales today.

Dame Mary has become a popular figure in recent years after being a judge on The Great British Bake Off and presenting her own programmes.

Kate and Prince William appeared alongside her in BBC show A Berry Royal Christmas in 2019.

During the festive special, the Duchess of Cambridge revealed that “Mary” was one of Prince Louis’ first words because he has been exposed to her cookbooks.

Kate said: “One of Louis’ first words was ‘Mary’, because right at his height are all my cooking books in the kitchen bookshelf.

“And children are really fascinated by faces, and your faces are all over your cooking books and he would say ‘That’s Mary Berry’ … so he would definitely recognise you if he saw you today.”

During the one-off programme, William and Kate went on a number of royal visits with the former Great British Bake Off star.

The TV cook said: “They don’t just arrive and shake a few hands make a few smiles and a speech, they want to get involved, and they want to see what they can do.

“And it isn’t just one visit, they come back again and ask for the results and they remember who they spoke to last time. I think that’s remarkable.”

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The ceremonies resumed in June after being halted during the Covid pandemic.

There is likely to be a number of recipients who have waited to be honoured by a member of the Royal Family, rather than opting for a local presentation or receiving the honour in the post.

Also being recognised is Sir Philip May the husband of former prime minister Theresa May, who will be knighted by Charles for political service.

Sir Philip was the UK’s second male consort, and away from supporting his wife forged his own successful career in the finance sector.

Steven Knight, the film director and screenwriter who wrote the film Spencer about three days in the life of Princess Diana and created the popular drama Peaky Blinders, will be made a CBE.

Karen Gibson, founder and director of the Kingdom Choir which performed during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, will be made an MBE.

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