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Opera star Katherine Jenkins to collect OBE

Singer Katherine Jenkins and actress Lynda Bellingham are among the celebrities who will collect their New Year Honours at Buckingham Palace today.

Welsh operatic star Katherine Jenkins will collect an OBE today Credit: PA

The Welsh operatic star, who has had a string of hits and has performed for royalty many times, will receive an OBE for her services to music and charity work.

The 33 year-old said she was "incredibly humbled" after it was announced earlier this year that she would receive the honour.

Read: Katherine Jenkins 'humbled' to be awarded OBE

Former Loose Women panellist Lynda Bellingham will also pick up an OBE.The actress, 65, who late last year announced she had been diagnosed with cancer, said her award was "a fantastic way to move forward" following a"tough year".

Katherine Jenkins performs for troops in Afghanistan

Katherine Jenkins meets the troops before her performance.
Katherine Jenkins meets the troops before her performance. Credit: MoD/Sgt Dan Bardsley

Katherine Jenkins has performed two special concerts for British troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

Katherine Jenkins performs at a special concert for hundreds of British troops at Camp Bastion.
Katherine Jenkins performs at a special concert for hundreds of British troops at Camp Bastion. Credit: MoD/Sgt Dan Bardsley

Jenkins even took time out to sing Happy Birthday to Craftsman Bryan Larkin, who turned 22 while on tour. The serviceman said the impromptu performance was "the last thing I expected".

Katherine Jenkins poses during her three-day morale boosting mission to Camp Bastion.
Katherine Jenkins poses during her three-day morale boosting mission to Camp Bastion. Credit: MoD/Sgt Dan Bardsley

Jenkins, who is patron of the British Forces Foundation, said, "It is an immense honour to be able to perform for the men and women of our Armed Forces and I will continue to do so for as long as they want me".

The mezzo-soprano singer met with Army divers and military working dog teams while in Afghanistan.
The mezzo-soprano singer met with Army divers and military working dog teams while in Afghanistan. Credit: MoD/Sgt Dan Bardsley

Read: Gary Barlow takes a run with squaddies at Camp Bastion

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Katherine Jenkins: I sleep with my eyes open

Welsh Opera singer Katherine Jenkins has revealed that she sleeps with her eyes open, due to a condition she has lived with since she was a child.

Katherine Jenkins has revealed she sleeps with her eyes open due to a condition called Nocturnal Lagophthalmos.
Katherine Jenkins has revealed she sleeps with her eyes open due to a condition called Nocturnal Lagophthalmos. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ms Jenkins,33, suffers from Nocturnal Lagophthalmos, which means sufferers are unable to close their eyes fully when they sleep.

"My eyes don’t close properly - they are always at least half open - and when I go to sleep I look like I’m still awake," she said in a recent interview.

Katherine Jenkins has lived with the condition since she was a child.
Katherine Jenkins has lived with the condition since she was a child. Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

"And I don’t really have dreams either. My mum would always say: 'Katherine, are you awake or are you asleep?’"

Lagophthalmos can be caused by factors including facial paralysis, stroke, infection, trauma and surgical procedures.

Katherine Jenkins arriving at the Pride of Britain Awards 2013 at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
Katherine Jenkins arriving at the Pride of Britain Awards 2013 at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Sufferers can treat the condition by using an ointment at night or by taping their eyelids closed with surgical tape, although use of ointment may cause blurry vision and surgical tape can cause skin irritation.

Jenkins: 'We want to show our support for Boston'

Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins said she was running the London Marathon in memory of her father and to show solidarity to people affected by the bombings in Boston.

Katherine Jenkins is running the London Marathon today. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

She said: "Like everyone else, it was just so devastating to see that on the news. But I think we all feel more than ever that we want to do this and show our support for Boston."

The 32-year-old, who has raised over £22,000 for a cancer care charity, added: "I wanted to run it in support of Macmillan. My father passed away from cancer when I was 15 and the Macmillan nurses came and they were wonderful."

She said: "I really don't think of myself as an athletic person at all. I never in a million years thought I would do this. I'm glad that I am, but I am nervous."

Read: Runner aims to be first with MND to run London Marathon.

Katherine Jenkins to attend Thatcher's funeral

Downing Street have released the names of some further guests expected to attend the funeral service of Lady Thatcher next week:

  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
  • Mr & Mrs John Howard (representing Australia)
  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee
  • Michael Crawford
  • Lord & Lady Harris of Peckham
  • Lord Maurice Saatchi
  • Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
  • Andrew Neil

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Katherine Jenkins 'proud' to sing at Grand National

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins sang God Save The Queen after the first race of the day, the John Smith's Aintree Legends Charity Race.

Katherine Jenkins during Grand National Day at Aintree Racecourse
Katherine Jenkins during Grand National Day at Aintree Racecourse Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

The Welsh mezzo-soprano said: "As a child, I remember my parents placing nominal bets and us all cheering on the horses from our living room. To be involved in such an important milestone for the race is a great honour and something I am proud to be a part of."

Katherine Jenkins to compete in Dancing With The Stars

Welsh Opera singer Katherine Jenkins
Newly single Jenkins has signed up to compete in US hit show Dancing With The Stars Credit: P.A

Welsh opera singer will be a contestant in the new series of the US show Dancing With The Stars. She will join soul singer Gladys Knight, tennis player Martina Navratilova and Disney Channel star Roshon Regan.

31-year-old Katherine is newly single after splitting with Blue Peter presenter fiance Gethin Jones in December. She will perform her first routine on March 19th.

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