Angela Ahrendts on the catwalk at fashion week

Angela Ahrendts left her CEO role at Burberry for a position at Apple in October


Angela Ahrendts is to become a Dame, it's been confirmed. The American businesswoman, who announced her decsion to leave Burberry in October 2013 for a role at Apple, will be awarded a DBE – a Dame of the British Empire.

Awards from the Queen are announced twice a year for British nationals via the Queen's Birthday and New Year's Honours Lists. But non-British nationals, such as Angelina Ahrendts, can receive awards throughout the year. Angela's comes just weeks after it was announced that photographer Mario Testino had made the Queen's New Year's Honours list with an OBE.

Angela become a household name in fashion circles for transforming Burberry into the £6.9 billion luxury fashion house it is today. She hasn't taken a single sick day in 25 years and is hailed as the highest-paid female CEO in Britain.

The award was confirmed in October, but hasn't been accompanied by any promotion from the British government, or Angela herself.

The businesswoman is also joined on the list by Melinda Gates, Bill Gates' wife, who's a businesswoman and a philanthropist in her own right.

Amazing. Congrats, Angela.

By Rebecca Martin

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