Kylie Minogue, international superstar and arguably the world’s favorite Aussie (sorry Crocodile Dundee), was honored at Buckingham Palace this morning by receiving her very own OBE (Order of the British Empire) medal which was bestowed upon her by Prince Charles. Here are a few pics of Kylie as she made her way into the palace, out of the palace (proudly showing off her new bauble) and from the short, sweet medal ceremony with the prince:
Singer Kylie Minogue has been formally appointed OBE by the Prince of Wales at a Buckingham Palace ceremony. The 40-year-old, best known for hits including I Should Be So Lucky and Spinning Around, was successfully treated for breast cancer in 2005. Minogue, who wore a cream-coloured dress decorated with large stars, said it was “overwhelming” and “emotional”. “I knew I would be nervous. I was very excited and to have my family here was magical,” she said. Minogue, who chatted to other guests at the investiture, said: “I do feel very proud. I think my job, aside from making music, is about communication and this symbolises my communication with my audience around the world.” She said she was “slightly less nervous” about meeting Prince Charles because the two had met before. “He asked me what I’m up to at the moment and said he is happy to see me better,” the singer added. Of her medal, she said: “I’ll admire it for a while, and then keep it safe in its box” … In May she received France’s highest cultural honour, the Order of Arts and Letters.
This from the Times Online: Commenting on the experience, she said: “It was surprisingly emotional. I expected to be a little nervous, obviously very excited, but it was very emotional seeing all these people from different walks of life joining together for this event.” Taking in the lavish decorations, she said: “I’m imagining our family, when we were kids, saying to me, ‘One day you’re going to go to the Palace’. That would not have been believable.” She added: “It is an incredible honour for me to receive this award. It makes me feel both humble and proud to be recognised for doing a job that I love so much.” Minogue was joined at the Royal residence by her parents, former ballet dancer Carol and accountant Ron, and her sister X Factor judge Dannii, who rushed to Buckingham Palace from filming auditions for the TV talent show.
What an incredible honor … she was already recognized for her cultural impact in France and today she is honored in Great Britain. It’s very unfortunate that folks in our country have no idea how much of a megastar Kylie is in the rest of the world. CNN covered this award ceremony on their site but had to devote a portion of the copy to a bit of a “history lesson” for US readers who are still unfamiliar with Kylie Minogue and her accomplishments. Much congrats and love goes out to Kylie on this very happy day for her. I am literally counting down the days until I will be able to see Kylie in concert with my very own eyes on July 26. It’s been a long time coming, I can’t hardly wait.