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Former Army officer wins Great British Bake Off after Prue spoiler

Sophie Faldo (right) beat her rivals to the Great British Bake Off crown

Former Army officer Sophie Faldo has won The Great British Bake Off - sparking mixed opinions from viewers.

She was named the winner on Tuesday night's final of the Channel 4 contest, after presenting three varieties of bread, delicately iced ginger biscuits and a show-stopping entremet cake inspired by honey bees.

But as she beat fellow finalists Steven Carter-Bailey and Kate Lyon to the coveted culinary crown, many fans said they would have judged the finale differently.

As viewers shared their opinions on Twitter, many continued to mourn the elimination of drama student Liam earlier in the series.

"Not my winner," commented one, while another said: "Based on the series, should have been Steven."

Another said: "Nooooo Kate Kate Kate #kate," while one shared a photo of Liam and joked: "The true winner."

But Faldo's victory delighted a wave of fans who have been impressed by her technical skills and creativity with unusual flavours throughout the series.

"Woo hoo!!! Right decision!! Amazing showstopper!!" commented one overjoyed viewer, while another added: "Yay Sophie, so so happy for you, well done, always been my winner."

Many viewers though were already in the know before the final was broadcast, after show judge Prue Leith accidentally tweeted the name of the winner earlier in the day.

Presenter Sandi Toksvig broke into tears as she revealed the result, and even judge Paul Hollywood admitted to shedding a tear, but Faldo smiled quietly as she was handed her award.