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Great British Bake Off winner revealed

Last ever BBC Bake Off winner announced Credit: BBC

Candice Brown has been named winner of the last series of The Great British Bake Off to air on the BBC.

The PE teacher, 31, took the title ahead of rivals Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth and said it was the biggest moment of her life so far.

Candice Brown has been named winner of the last series of The Great British Bake Off to air on the BBC Credit: Love Productions/BBC/PA Wire

Brown said: "When they said my name that means more to me than anyone will ever realise.

"I have low self belief, even though my friends and family constantly build my confidence up. So it was a big moment in my life, probably the biggest so far.

"I felt that everything happens for a reason, and I did it, and that makes me smile so much. In fact, I can't stop smiling."

Candice said she Credit: Love Productions/BBC/PA Wire

Of Brown's triumph, Mary Berry said: 'Well deserved for her determination and passion, she really has excelled. For her wonderful flavours, and everything always looked gorgeous'.

Paul Hollywood added: "The standard was exceptionally high. Candice is very much all or nothing. When you look back on some of her bakes they have been beautiful. When she nails it, she is one of the best."

Brown, Rolls-Royce aerospace engineer Smyth and garden designer Beedle appeared to be neck and neck throughout the final, during which they tackled a showstopper challenge hailed by the hosts as "the biggest ever final challenge in Bake Off history".

Mary Berry praised Candice's passion and determination. Credit: Love Productions/BBC/PA Wire

To fit in with the royal theme of the week, to mark the Queen's 90th birthday, the bakers were tasked with creating a picnic fit for the monarch - one chocolate celebration cake, 12 puff pastry sausage rolls, 12 mini quiches, 12 savoury scones and 12 fruit and custard tarts.

For the earlier signature challenge the bakers tackled filled meringue crowns, made up of three layers.

Paul Hollywood embraces Candice after her victory. Credit: Love Productions/BBC/PA Wire

For the technical challenge the bakers were tasked with making a Victoria sandwich cake but given no instructions.

The final marked the last time Mary Berry will serve as a judge and Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins as hosts before judge Paul Hollywood moves with the show to Channel 4.