TV star Wendy Richard has passed away after a long battle with cancer
Wendy received an MBE in 2000
Wendy and her EastEnders nemesis Barbara Windsor (Peggy Mitchell) await a visit by The Queen at Elstree Studios in 2001
Wendy and Barbara held court outside the Queen Victoria pub
It was not the first time Wendy had met The Queen. Here she is in 1998 at Windsor Castle.
Wendy was recognised for her contribution to the arts when she met The Prince of Wales with veteran tv presenter Cilla Black.
Cold war… Wendy’s character Pauline Fowler was at loggerheads with many Walford locals, including Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean)
The Fowler-Beale family tree… Wendy in the 1980s with screen husband Bill Treacher (Arthur) and a very young Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt)
Bill visits Wendy in hospital after an operation in 1988
Wendy first discovered TV fame in the mid-1970s as bombshell Miss Brahms in classic sitcom Are You Being Served?
As Pauline Fowler, Wendy became the matriarch of one of EastEnders’ most enduring families. Here she smiles for the camera with Bill Treacher, who played her husband Arthur, and Susan Tully, who played their daughter Michelle.
In 1990 Wendy Richard and Bill Treacher, who played her long-suffering husband Arthur Fowler, celebrated their on-screen silver wedding anniversary
Wendy had a great sense of humour and was never afraid to clown around in front of the camera.
Wendy was loved by her EastEnders family through the years – In this picture (L-R) Gerry Cowper, Joel Beckett, Natalie Cassidy,Wendy Richard, Derek Martin, Jessie Wallace and Laila Morse in 2005
In 2007 Wendy was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards.
Wendy married her longterm partner John Burns at the Chesterfield Hotel in Mayfair in October 2008
There was a media frenzy surrounding Wendy’s big day
Husband to be John looked suitably preoccupied before the wedding
Perry Fenwick – EastEnders’ Billy Mitchell – was a guest at the wedding
Former EastEnders’ stars Emma Barton and Joel Beckett were there to support Wendy
Laila Morse (EastEnders’ Mo) is another celeb guest on hand to celebrate the nuptials
The paparazzi waited patiently for the guests of honour
Looking frail but overjoyed, Wendy left the hotel after the wedding
John and Millie the dog were all smiles as they climbed into the bridal car after the wedding