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State & Ceremonial

Lorraine Kelly ‘grateful and humbled’ as she receives a CBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours


Scottish television presenter Lorraine Kelly has received a CBE in The Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours List.

The 60-year-old journalist is receiving the prestigious accolade for services to broadcasting, journalism and charity.

Lorraine has been a broadcast journalist for over 35 years, having started her career as a reporter on TV-AM.

In 1993, she helped launched ITV’s breakfast television programme GMTV – a place she would call home until she show was axed in 2010.

However, remained at the forefront of ITV’s early morning schedule, and has hosted her own early morning show for over a decade.

Speaking about her honour, Lorraine said: “This is such an unexpected honour I’m very grateful and humbled.

“Particularly as I am in far more deserving company, especially all of those front line workers who are true heroes.

“I’ve worked in journalism since I left school in 1978 and joined my local newspaper, and have been lucky to have been on breakfast TV for 36 years.

“It’s a job I never take for granted and that I dearly love. I’ve met some truly inspirational people and I learn something new every day.

“It’s also been a real privilege to be in a position to be able to give something back and help charities that do so much good.”

Lorraine is heavily involved in charity work, and is a patron of many different institutions including Worldwide Cancer Research, Help for Heroes and POhWER – People of Hertfordshire Wants Equal Rights.

In 2012, The Queen presented Lorraine with an OBE at an investiture ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse for services to charity and the armed forces.