karenmillen_obe.jpgDesigner Karen Millen has spoken of her joy and astonishment at receiving an OBE from the Prince of Wales.

"When I received the letter telling me about the OBE I was surprised and pretty gobsmacked," she admitted. "I just felt I didn't deserve it. I felt my ex-partner was more deserving than me."

Millen built her retail empire, which now spans 150 stores, with her ex-boyfriend, Kevin Stanford. The pair began the brand in 1981, with a loan of just £100 that was used to make clothes for friends. Despite this, Stanford accompanied her yesterday to Buckingham Palace where she was presented with the honour.

Dressed in a self-designed grey figure-hugging dress, Stella McCartney jacket and Philip Treacy hat.

"It's good for the brand, It's good for the charity work I'm doing now and good for the family - it's just a lovely thing to be acknowledged for," she added.

Millen celebrated her OBE at a star-studded party in Berkley Street last night.

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