Priti in pink! Ex-home secretary Patel collects her damehood from Princess Anne at Windsor Castle as she prepares to give Rishi Sunak a fresh headache at upcoming Tory conference
The former home secretary was granted a damehood earlier this year by ex-prime minister Boris Johnson in his resignation honours list.
She received the award for ‘political and public service’ following her three-year spell in charge of the Home Office.
Her husband Alex Sawyer – a marketing consultant and former Tory councillor – appeared to be among the guests who watched on at Windsor Castle.
Dame Priti Patel formally received her honour from Princess Anne at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle
The former home secretary’s husband Alex Sawyer – a marketing consultant and former Tory councillor – appeared to be among the guests who watched on at Windsor Castle
Dame Priti received the award for ‘political and public service’ following her three-year spell in charge of the Home Office
She attended the investiture ceremony just days before she is due to cause a fresh headache for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Manchester
She will reportedly attend a black-tie gala dinner on the first night of the Tory gathering, which is being hosted by a pro-Boris Johnson campaign group.
The Conservative Democratic Organisation was formed to push for an overhaul of Conservative Party rules following the ousting of Mr Johnson last summer.
It wants a series of reforms to allow Tory members to ‘take back control’ by increasing their influence over matters such as policy and the selection of parliamentary candidates.
CDO bosses have previously denied the group is a front to return Mr Johnson to Downing Street.
At a CDO conference in Bournemouth in May, Dame Priti hit out at Mr Sunak’s leadership in the wake of poor local election results.
She also railed against the ousting of Mr Johnson as the Tories’ ‘most electorally successful prime minister since Margaret Thatcher’.
At the upcoming Conservative conference in Manchester, which starts on Sunday, Dame Priti is scheduled to speak at a CDO-hosted fringe event titled ‘How Democracy can save Conservatism’.
She is a patron of the grassroots group.
Dame Priti quit as home secretary following Liz Truss’s victory in the Tory leadership contest to replace Mr Johnson as PM.
She previously served as international development secretary in Theresa May’s government but was sacked from the role for holding unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials.