The Duke of Edinburgh presented Australian singer Kylie Minogue with the Britain-Australia Society Award 2016 on Monday.
Prince Philip received Ms Minogue in audience in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, and as Patron of the Britain-Australia Society, he presented the 48-year-old with the award.
Also present as the award was being received were the Vice President of the Britain-Australia Society & Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency The Hon Alexander Downer AC, and the Chairman of the Britain-Australia Society, Mr Peter Benson OAM.
Ms Minogue was chosen to be the recipient of the award to reflect her significant contribution to the Britain-Australia bilateral relationship.
After the audience at Windsor Castle, a private reception was held at Australia House in London where all of the star’s achievements were celebrated.
After receiving her award, Kylie said: “I am delighted to accept this award from the Britain-Australia Society. I’m a proud ‘Aussie’ but Britain has a very strong place in my heart having lived and worked here for many years. The Society does a wonderful job to promote the rich cultural ties between the two countries and I am honoured to be recognised by them in this way.”
Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, said: “With a career that has spanned almost three decades, Kylie is a global pop icon and one of the UK’s most loved Australians. Kylie has had phenomenal success in the UK, with five number one albums and seven UK number one singles. She has come a long way since the UK first fell in love with her on the Australian TV show Neighbours. Kylie continues to inspire people in the UK and worldwide, as an artist and philanthropist. Kylie is an outstanding recipient of the 2016 Britain-Australia Society Award and a great ambassador for Australia.”
Lord Carrington, President of the Britain-Australia Society said: “I am delighted that Kylie Minogue is the recipient of the Britain-Australia Society Award for 2016. As an Australian comfortably based in the UK, she personifies the best traits of Australians and Britons – warm, amiable, easy-going, talented and industrious – in her case to a superlative extent. This award recognises not only her extensive public profile but also her status as a cultural ambassador with a foot firmly in both countries. The relationship between Australia and Britain is demonstrably stronger and warmer for her presence.”
The 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh has been Patron of the Britain-Australia Society since 1970. The award recognises Australian and British individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Australia-UK bilateral relationship.
Kylie Minogue is one of many recipients. In previous years, award winners include Past recipients include Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), and Lord William Hague.