Katherine Jenkins 'humbled' to be awarded OBE

Singer Katherine Jenkins has said she is "incredibly humbled" to be awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours.

Katherine Jenkins will be awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The 33-year-old mezzo-soprano has been included in the honours for her contribution to music and her services to charity. The Neath-born star said she shared the award with the organisations with which she has worked.

She said: "I am incredibly humbled to receive this great honour. To accept such an award after only a decade of service to music and charity comes as a wonderful surprise.

"I share this award with the charitable bodies I am so privileged to work with, especially to those brave servicemen and women who risk so much for us all on a daily basis."

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