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Mary Berry reveals one regret after being named in Queen's Birthday Honours

Mary Berry with a dish of food in Simple Comforts
(Image credit: BBC/Endemol Shine UK/Craig Harman)

Legendary baking superstar Mary Berry is becoming a Dame...

Mary Berry has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours this year, along with other huge names from the showbiz world.

The former Great British Bake Off judge has been made a Dame for her services to broadcasting, the culinary arts and charity, but she regrets her late parents and brothers aren't here to celebrate with her.

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Mary says she wishes her parents and siblings were around to celebrate her being made dame by the Queen (Picture: BBC/Endemol Shine UK/Craig Harma) (Image credit: BBC/Endemol Shine UK/Craig Harma)

And this isn't the first time that Mary Berry has made the Queen's list, because back in 2012 the baking legend was made CBE.

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Dame Mary Berry 

Speaking of becoming a dame, Mary said via PA: "I am absolutely overwhelmed to receive this very great honour.

"For most of my life I have been lucky enough to follow my passion to teach cookery through books and the media.


Sir David Attenborough has been named on the Queen's Birthday honours list (Picture: BBC NHU/Nick Lyons) (Image credit: BBC NHU/Nick Lyons)

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!

"However, I'm sure they are looking down and smiling. I will celebrate with my husband and family very soon."

Other famous faces to make the list 

Alongside Mary, ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly, EastEnders newcomer Mica Paris, Coronation Street star Maureen Lipman, and legendary broadcaster Sir David Attenborough have all received recognition.

Maureen Lipman in Coronation Street as Evelyn Plummer

Maureen as Evelyn Plummer in Coronation Street (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Sir David Attenborough, who was knighted in 1985, has been appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to television broadcasting and conservation.

Lorraine Kelly has also made the list and will become a CBE for her 30 years working in broadcasting.

Soap stars also make the list 

Maureen Lipman, better known to soap fans as Evelyn Plummer, is being made a dame for her services to charity, entertainment and the arts.

But Maureen isn't the only famous face from the world of soaps to make the list.

Lorraine ITV

Lorraine has been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her services to broadcasting (Picture: ITV)

Hollyoaks, Brookside and Grange Hill creator Phil Redmond has also been given a knighthood for his services to broadcasting and arts.

While Mica Paris, who has recently joined the cast of EastEnders as Ellie Nixon, is being made MBE for her services to music, entertainment and charity.

The announcement of the Queen's honours has been delayed this year following the coronavirus pandemic.

Usually the list is published in June when the Queen celebrates her birthday.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.