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Great Britain: Shirley Bassey receives award from King Charles

Great Britain: Shirley Bassey receives award from King Charles
Great Britain: Shirley Bassey receives award from King Charles

The title song for the James Bond film “Goldfinger” made her immortal. The British royal family is honoring the 87-year-old singer Shirley Bassey by inducting her into an exclusive order.

British singer Shirley Bassey (“Goldfinger”, “Diamonds Are Forever”) was honored by King Charles III (75) at Windsor Castle for her services to music.

The 87-year-old admitted that she was quite nervous in an interview with the British news agency PA after the ceremony. She even forgot to curtsy.

Bassey was inducted into exclusive orders

Bassey, who was born in the Welsh capital Cardiff to an English mother and a Nigerian father, was made a dame around the turn of the millennium – the equivalent of a knighthood for men.

At the beginning of this year, she was also admitted to the Order of Companions of Honour, an exclusive group of a maximum of 65 members. The awarding of royal orders always takes place a few months after the announcement.

Singer is best known for James Bond theme songs

Bassey began her career in the 1950s. Internationally, she is particularly known for the theme songs to the James Bond films “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever” (German title: “Diamantenfieber”) and “Moonraker”. She also enjoyed success with “Big Spender”, “Something” and “For All We Know”.

Charles complimented her when he presented her with the medal, Bassey said. “You look wonderful,” the monarch said to her, she enthused. She then took his hands, even though it was against etiquette, and said to him: “I wish you all the best.”

Source: Stern

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