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Carrie Bickmore OAM Hints When She'll Be Back On The Project Desk

Just hours after it was announced that Carrie Bickmore had been named on the Queen's Birthday honours list, The Project host hinted at when she might be returning to our TV screens.

Bickmore, who has been on maternity leave since late last year has had a well-deserved few months off The Project desk, taking care of baby Adelaide, who was born early in December.

Speaking to The Sunday Project panel from London, Bickmore promised she would be returning to host the show "soon"  but said she had enjoyed the time off to be with her family.

"I'm coming back soon, I miss you all," Bickmore said.

"Our little baby Adelaide was a very tricky little baby, the months have flown past because we've just had our heads down and been in the trenches."

"It's been a very special time for me with the family," Bickmore said, adding that she had enjoyed being home for dinner.

"I miss you all and I'm really looking forward to coming back."

On Sunday, Bickmore was awarded the Order of Australia for her services to broadcast media, and to brain cancer awareness.

Bickmore joked that she thought the Queen would give her the award herself. Image: The Project

She said she was "beaming from ear-to-ear" when she first got the news and admitted she initially thought she was being asked to help in the nomination of someone else.

"I'm actually quite emotional about it, I feel very, very fortunate to live in our great country and it's a lovely honour."

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The three-time Logie winner has brought national attention to brain cancer through her foundation, Carrie's Beanies 4 Brain Cancer, and famously donned a blue beanie as she gave a heartfelt speech for her 2015 Gold Logie win.

Bickmore said she had only wanted to raise awareness in her speech and only decided to set up the foundation after.

"I only wanted to raise a million dollars and I thought that would take years to do."

Carrie Bickmore beanies 4 brain cancer 2018
Image: Network Ten

The foundation has now raised an impressive $11.5 million for brain cancer research, and Bickmore said it's now only inspired her to raise more.

"Even when I say that it gives me goosebumps, and that is honestly just from the generosity of Australians," she told The Sunday Project.

"I feel very thankful and also thankful to the people that have been advocating in this space for a lot longer than I have."

But while Bickmore said she's thrilled by her new honour, there's one thing she's struggling with.

"I don't know what to do with the letters at the end of my name," she joked.