Duke presents Jill Stein with OBE at his first investiture
Restaurateur Jill Stein, the former wife of celebrity chef Rick, was presented with an OBE by the Duke of Cambridge yesterday, as the scope of the prince's royal duties widens.
Mrs Stein picked up her honour for services to the restaurant industry in a lavish ceremony at Buckingham Palace, that was made all the more prominent by being the Duke's first investiture.
The restaurateur and interior designer has been responsible for building up a food empire in Padstow, Cornwall, after establishing The Seafood Restaurant with then-husband Rick 38 years ago.
Other notable recipients of honours included Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who also picked up an OBE, along with Vicar Of Dibley producer Jon Plowman.
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Writing on social networking site Twitter, Ms Stein said she was having a "truly wonderful day" with her sons and friends.
She wrote: "Got my OBE. Great day so far. Off to join my friends at The Wolsey for lunch."
The entrepreneur was one of a number of people from the Westcountry recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours' List.
Allan Cottle, from Mylor Bridge, near Falmouth, was made an MBE for voluntary service, while Professor John Peter Scott from Lostwithiel, the pro-vice chancellor for research at the University of Plymouth, was given a CBE for services to social science.
On being told in June she was to receive her award , Ms Stein said it was a "great honour" as well as being recognition for her "lifetime's work".