Actress Maureen Lipman became the first lady of Coronation Street, after being honored by the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle.
She is the first serving actress in the 60-year history of the ITV soap to receive a lady or a knighthood.
The 75-year-old has played Evelyn Plummer since 2018, part of a career spanning over 50 years.
He revealed that he raided the show’s wardrobe department to find a hat to wear at the investiture ceremony.
Speaking later, she said she “never expected” to receive such an honor.
“It’s been a long time since I heard about it in 2020 and so I couldn’t pick it up,” he said. “And so the coat you bought becomes like something you don’t want to wear.
“Then it goes, ‘What the hell am I putting on my head?’, And then I finally went to Coronation Street and said, ‘Do you have any fascinators in your closet?’, And they gave me seven.
“I came back from Manchester with seven hats and on Tuesday I had friends hanging around and they said, ‘Wear that, not that, not that.’
“And this morning I completely wasted it and changed my mind.”
The star has been named lady commander for charity, entertainment and art services.
Dame Maureen’s resume ranges from a memorable twist in a BT commercial to TV comedies like Agony, About Face and Bull.
She has also appeared in films including Educating Rita and The Pianist, and on the stage of the National Theater and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Speaking when the honor was awarded last year, the actress talked about how her family was welcomed in the UK after fleeing persecution in Russia.
“I am proud to be honored by the Queen and the country I love for doing the work I love,” she said.
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