Ab Fab and Terry And June star June Whitfield said being made a dame was the “icing on the cake”.
The 91-year-old has been made a dame for services to drama and entertainment.
“It’s amazing and a great honour and the icing on the cake of life,” she said in a statement to the Press Association.
The veteran actress played Edina Monsoon’s mother in Absolutely Fabulous and reprised her role last year in the spin-off movie.
She has worked with some of the biggest names in British comedy, including Tony Hancock, Morecambe and Wise and Frankie Howerd.
The London-born comedy star notched up credits on the West End and in radio before she became a household name in her long-running partnership with the late actor and comedian Terry Scott.
Their sitcom marriage in Happy Ever After, in 1974, later became Terry And June and Whitfield was also a regular in several Carry On films