Sandi Toksvig has collected her OBE at Buckingham Palace just days after renewing her vows with her civil partner in front of 2,000 people.

“It has been a heck of a week,” PA reports the gay comedian and broadcaster said after picking up her award from the Prince of Wales on Friday.

“I think I need a holiday after these two events.”

Of last weekend’s ceremony at London’s Festival Hall, she said: “We in civil partnerships have to wait for what we called the upgrade (to get married) so we renewed our vows on stage in front of 2,000 people – it was a small event.

“At the end of it we had 2,000 people singing Bring Me Sunshine and dancing. It was a great moment.

“It has been an extraordinary week I have to say.”

Toksvig, born in Copenhagen, currently presents The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4.

In 1994, Save the Children dropped her services as compere of its 75th-anniversary celebrations after she came out, following a direct action protest by the Lesbian Avengers, the charity subsequently apologised.

Toksvig is mother to three children: two daughters, Jessica and Megan, and a son Theo.

She lives on a houseboat in Wandsworth, south-west London, with her civil partner, psychotherapist Debbie Toksvig.