Mary Berry bakes her way on to the list


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Mary Berry, who has been made a CBE, is one of the UK's best-known and well-respected cookery writers.

Her role as a judge on the hit show The Great British Bake Off has won her a new generation of fans more than 40 years after she published her first recipe book.

She has written more than 70 cookery books since then, selling millions of copies, as well as appearing on dozens of television and radio shows.

The Great British Bake Off, in which she stars with fellow judge Paul Hollywood, sees her train her expert eye on a succession of sponges and offer her particular brand of firm but friendly advice to the amateur contestants.

Actress and campaigner April Ashley, 77, is to receive an MBE for services to transgender equality. Born a boy, the 77-year-old became the first Briton to undergo a sex change operation in Casablanca in 1960.

In the media, former Spectator editor Alexander Chancellor is awarded a CBE for services to journalism.

In the world of food and drink, Paul Gayler, executive chef at London's prestigious Lanesborough Hotel, gets an MBE for services to hospitality and charity, while an OBE goes to Kent farmer Tony Redsell, the UK's largest hop grower, for services to the hops industry.

A police officer who has raised almost £500,000 for a charity fighting a form of children's cancer has been awarded an MBE. PC Mark Edwards, who has worked for the Met for 26 years, was named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to charity and policing.