The Keeping Up Appearances star was one of many honoured today by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The 88-year old actress was made a Dame for her services to theatre and charity. About the honour, she said: ‘I’m still in a state of surprise and very thrilled, and very thrilled that the Prince of Wales is here today because he just loves actors and he’s our much-appreciated patron of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund.’
She added: ‘He said, “at last somebody’s noticed”. He said how pleased he was, and a little more.’
Dame Patricia is best known for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in the popular BBC sitcom, but she has made a notable career in the theatre too
She first won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Alice Challice in Darling of the Day, back in 1968, before wowing audiences again and winning an Olivier Award in Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide in 1988.
Also awarded by the Queen and Prince Charles were Olympian Sam Quek, who was made an MBE after her success in Hockey, winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic games.
Earlier this month, Quek told Hello! how overwhelmed she was by the honour. She said: “You dream about winning an Olympic gold but it never crossed my mind to dream about getting an MBE,” she said. “So when the letter came through I was so overwhelmed, so proud. In the future, when I’m, say, 70, I’m not going to have my gold medal on me but I’ll have my bank card which says, ‘Sam Quek MBE’.”
Other female honourees include Oscar-winner Jenny Beavan, who designed the costumes for 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, receiving an OBE, cyclist Helen Scott, canoeist Emma Wiggs and Anne Usher all receiving MBE’s.