Burton, who is currently pregnant with twins, accepted the award from Prince Charles.
Speaking to the BBC after the ceremony the designer said, ‘I'm very, very humbled and it's just a huge honour to be here. I've been given some amazing opportunities - to work for someone as amazing as Lee [McQueen] and then having the honour of doing the wedding dress.’
It was her role in the royal wedding that brought Burton to world attention – the dress was even nominationed for Design of the Year 2012, though it was eventually beaten by the Olympic Torch.
Asked if she would also be designing for the Duchess of Cambridge's forthcoming child, Burton said, ‘I hope I will be.'
Burton joined Alexander McQueen as an intern in 1996, and assumed the role of creative director after his suicide in May 2010. Under her direction the brand has had continued success and seen it’s diffusion line, McQ, added to the London Fashion Week schedule.
Sarah Burton at Buckingham Palace
Kate Middleton at the Royal Wedding