Keith Lemon star Leigh Francis cosies up to wife Jill Carter at Kelly Hoppen’s CBE party in London

On Tuesday, Kelly Hoppen was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Government’s Great campaign, helping to promote British creativity, business and commerce. 

And that evening, Keith Lemon star Leigh Francis, 48, cosied up to wife Jill Carter at the designer’s investiture party in London.

Their outing comes after the comedian insisted he’s ‘punching’ while gushing over his 29-year romance with Jill in an exclusive chat with MailOnline.

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Loved up: Keith Lemon star Leigh Francis, 48, cosied up to wife Jill Carter at the Kelly Hoppen’s investiture party in London on Tuesday evening

Keith wore a typically flamboyant outfit comprising a black and white check suit covered with splashes of red throughout. 

The Celebrity Juice host opted to tie his look together with bright red laces for his shoes and popped a bowler hat on his head, while tying a scarf around his neck. 

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Meanwhile, Jill looked glamorous in a black and white animal print midi dress featuring subtle pink sections. 

She boosted her height with classic barely there heels and layered up with a leather biker jacket.  

Quirky: Keith wore a typically flamboyant outfit comprising a black and white check suit covered with splashes of red throughout

Gorgeous: Meanwhile, Jill looked glamorous in a black and white animal print midi dress featuring subtle pink sections

It comes after Leigh told MailOnline how Jill sees the ‘real him’ and is the one who ‘holds it together’ for their family.  

The couple first met when she was 16 and he was 19, with the comedian admitting that people thought their relationship was ‘cringey’.

Looking back on the start of their romance, Leigh reflected that there was ‘nothing wrong with them dating’ as Jill was ‘old enough’, with the couple defying naysayers with their love and are ‘still together today’. 

They’ve since gone on to welcome daughters Matilda and Dolly, whom the couple keep out of the public eye.    

Finishing touches: The Celebrity Juice host opted to tie his look together with bright red laces for his shoes and popped a bowler hat on his head, while tying a scarf around his neck

Glam: Jill boosted her height with classic barely there heels and layered up with a leather biker jacket while carrying her belongings in a simple clutch

Gushing over his stunning wife, Leigh said: ‘When everyone meets her, they say “he is punching”, with the star confessing that it is true as he added: ‘Why would I want to date anyone who looks like me?  

‘Everyone should punch above their weight when they are dating!’

Professing his adulation for his spouse of 19 years, the Celebrity Juice star called Jill his ‘rock’ who he ‘loves more everyday’.

And while Leigh continually entertains legions of fans onscreen with his flamboyant alter-ego Keith, the star revealed that at home, Jill knows and loves him for his true self. 

He explained: ‘Everyone thinks that we wake up and the comedy starts but it’s not like that. She sees the real me, the grumpy me.’   

Achievement: Designer Kelly was made a CBE for services to the Government’s Great campaign, helping to promote British creativity, business and commerce earlier in the day