Betty had no idea in advance that she would get the honor and was thrilled when the Order of the Legion of Honor took office a day before her 98th birthday.
The prize awarded by the President of the French Republic was accompanied by a letter from the country’s ambassador.
He said: “I send you my warmest congratulations on this great distinction which rewards your military commitment and your unfailing involvement in the liberation of France during the Second World War.
“As we contemplate this Europe of peace, we must never forget heroes like you who came from Britain and the Commonwealth to begin the liberation of Europe by liberating France.
“We owe our freedom and security to your dedication, for you were willing to risk your life. “
It is hoped that later this year Betty can receive the award on a more formal occasion – possibly in Birmingham – with the French Consul.
Betty said: “I was absolutely overwhelmed by the message – I was completely surprised and, of course, delighted. “
In addition to this honor, as well as many others, Betty has lectured extensively in schools and community groups and has written a book on the subject to ensure the memory of the Bletchley Park code breakers. She was also part of the VE Day 75th anniversary podcast two years ago.
It is estimated that the skills of those at Bletchley Park – intercepting and deciphering enemy messages – shortened the war by at least two years.
Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid visited Betty today to offer her congratulations and bring her flowers.
He said: “I am delighted that the work of Betty and others at Bletchley Park has been recognized in this way by the French who have awarded her the highest honor in the country.
“In the letter from the French government, they called her a hero and that is exactly what she is. “
He also congratulated her for sharing her stories with Bromsgrove schools, nationally and internationally.