Singer Shirley Bassey receives top honour from the King Charles III

Shirley Bassey

Bassey, famous for singing the theme songs for James Bond films like ‘Goldfinger’, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, and ‘Moonraker’, shared that being awarded the prestigious honor by King Charles III made her feel more anxious than performing for him.

Dame Shirley Bassey was awarded with honours at a formal event held at Windsor Castle today, attended by King Charles III.

The 87-year-old Welsh singer was honored as a Companion of Honour in the latest New Year Honours list for her contributions to music. She had already been made a dame in a previous honours list back in 1999.

The prestigious designation is given for outstanding service of great national significance and is restricted to just 65 individuals.

Bassey, famous for singing the theme songs for James Bond movies like 'Goldfinger', 'Diamonds Are Forever', and 'Moonraker', expressed that being honored by King Charles III made her feel even more anxious than performing for him.

I feel more anxious about getting the award from him than singing in front of him. It is a new and unfamiliar experience, whereas I have been singing since I was young.

"I didn't remember to curtsy, but that's why I reached for his hands instead. It was instinctual," she explained.

Bassey mentioned that the King had praised her for wearing a shiny black and white Isabell Kristensen gown.

She recounted that she inquired about his well-being, to which he expressed that he was doing fine and complimented her appearance. He then extended his best wishes to her before she admitted to embracing him. Despite knowing it was inappropriate, she held both of his hands and conveyed her goodwill towards him.

Before, Bassey stated that upon hearing of her honor, she felt, "Being awarded the Order of the Companions of Honour is truly a remarkable feeling."

Music has always been a close friend throughout my life. When I was a young girl living in Tiger Bay, I would fantasize about exploring different countries, never thinking that one day my singing would lead me to where I am today.

The singer expressed: "I have always taken risks, believed in myself, and taken big opportunities throughout my career. Singing is my passion and performing brings me joy. It's been an honor to entertain audiences for more than 70 years."

"I am overwhelmed with feelings and feeling truly grateful," she ended.

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