Prince Philip presented Kylie Minogue with the Britain-Australia Society Award during the star's visit to Windsor Castle on Tuesday (Apr. 4). The pair were in good spirits as they shared a laugh together during the private audience in the White Drawing Room. The Britain-Australia Society, for which the Duke has been Patron since 1970, aims to bring together people to advance the relationship between the two countries – be it through commerce, public service, education, sport, entertainment or culture.
Speaking about the 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."
Speaking about the Spinning Around star, the President of the Society, Lord Carrington, 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 Can't Get You Out of My Head singer had a difficult start to 2017 after splitting from her fiancé, Joshua Sasse, in February. Speaking about the relationship, she told Sydney Morning Herald: "I feel great actually. It's not been the easiest times of late but that is a purely personal matter and I have no regrets. Life is about love and experience and learning and evolving and I am richer and thankful for all of the experiences in my life. I'm also very touched and thankful for the generous support from my fans."