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'Magical' as Lennox collects OBE

Published 28/06/2011 | 14:01

Annie Lennox received her OBE from the Queen
Annie Lennox received her OBE from the Queen

Annie Lennox described being awarded with the OBE by the Queen today as "magical".

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The former Eurythmics singer was honoured for her work fighting Aids and poverty in Africa in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Annie, 56, said: "It's quite magical. It's really meaningful to me that it's for charity work."

She went on: "Campaigning has been taking up a great deal of my commitment for quite a few years, and what it means is that there's a significance to what I'm doing - I'm not just working in a void."

She met the Queen earlier this year at a Westminster Abbey service for Commonwealth Day, and said the monarch remembered the "HIV Positive" T-shirt she wore on that occasion.

Asked if she had been tempted to wear a similar T-shirt to receive her OBE, Annie smiled and replied: "I don't think I would have got away with wearing that."

Instead, Annie - accompanied by her daughters Tali and Lola - wore a purple taffeta dress with a pleated skirt, topped off with a matching vintage felt hat.

The Aberdeen-born artist's pearl accessories were not as expensive as they looked.

She admitted with a smile: "My bracelet and necklace are from a Christmas cracker."

She has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide with the Eurythmics and as a solo star, winning a string of awards including Grammys, Brits, Ivor Novellos and an Oscar.

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