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Arise Dame Hyacinth! Patricia Routledge awarded Damehood at Buckingham Palace

Actress Patricia Routledge was among the recipients of honours on Friday at Buckingham Palace where she was awarded a Damehood by Prince Charles.

Dame Patricia, who is who is best known for playing social climbing snob, Hyacinth Bucket, in Keeping Up Appearances, was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

The Prince of Wales was presenting the investiture and was said to be “pleased” that the 88-year-old actress was finally being recognised for her services to theatre and charity.

Speaking to the Press Association, Dame Patricia 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 is our much-appreciated patron of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund.

“He said, ‘at last somebody’s noticed’. He said how pleased he was, and a little more.”

Dame Patricia also said that she would be keeping her medal safely hidden. However, she will show it off at dinner parties.

When she found out that she was to be made a Dame last year, she said she was “very surprised indeed but very pleased that the honour pertains to theatre.”

The 88-year-old has previously been appointed an OBE in 1993 and a CBE in 2004.

Also being presented with an honour at Buckingham Palace today was double Oscar-winning costume designer, Jenny Beavan, who has been awarded an OBE.

She said: “This was so unexpected. In a way, what I do is quite light.

“It’s hard work and all that, but I suppose I’ve been at it for such a long time.

“But I was terribly nervous this morning. It’s a real honour. I was frightfully pleased.”

Ms Beaven added that she was particularly thrilled Prince Charles knew who she was.”He seemed to know who I was and we had met before, at the Oscars, and he did seem to like the films I do,”

“He seemed to know who I was and we had met before, at the Oscars, and he did seem to like the films I do,” she said.

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