CHICHESTER novelist Kate Mosse has collected her OBE from Buckingham Palace.
The best-selling author was awarded the honour in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June 2013 in recognition of her services to literature.
“It was the most wonderful day, to meet so many outstanding people receiving their awards on that same day,” she said.
“Prince Charles was charming and everyone involved made the entire ceremony feel special.”
Mrs Mosse attended the event with her mother Barbara Mosse, and both wore outfits designed and made by Chichester designer Maria Pulley.
Kate’s children Martha and Felix also celebrated the occasion with their family.
The investiture coincided with the publication of Kate’s latest book The Mistletoe Bride And Other Haunting Tales – her first volume of short stories and also the first time she has taken inspiration from West Sussex.
The novelist, who is also a former administrative director at Chichester Festvial Theatre, said she was ‘thrilled’ with the news when she found out in June.
“It’s a particular pleasure for me that this has happened now – as the last of the Languedoc Trilogy, Citadel, publishes,” she said.
“I’m also thrilled to be among so many fabulous women and men of Sussex honoured in the Queen’s birthday honours list.”
John Rudkin, a youth worker at Tangmere Youth Club was also recognised in the list.