On February 1 at the Windsor Castle, Welsh rock singer Bonnie Tyler was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for contributions to music.
Tyler, 71, is best known for her 1983 single “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.”
She received the MBE from William, Prince of Wales, and stated that the honor demonstrated that “anyone from any background can be successful.”
Recognized for a career spanning five decades, she continued that she’s just a small-town Welsh girl who loves to sing. Therefore, this recognition means a great deal to her, her family, and her friends.
The deep-throated singer, who was supported by husband Robert Sullivan on Wednesday, also acknowledged she would be celebrating over dinner with her loved ones.
She exclaimed that today is a day she will never forget. She described herself as a very joyful girl and she’s happy to experience fine dining with her husband, her sister, and her sister’s husband.
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The Welsh singer was honored in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list alongside actress Pauline Quirke, well known for her role as Sharon Theodopolopodous in the popular comedy series Birds Of A Feather.
The Welsh rock musician, stated that she will never tire of singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” while receiving this award as well.
The 71-year-old singer’s ballad was released forty years ago, but she considers herself extremely fortunate to be able to play it, along with her other smash hit, “Holding Out For A Hero.”
Tyler, who received her honor from the Prince of Wales on Wednesday, told the PA news agency that a lot of people ask her if she’s tired of singing it, but she shared she’s not. She adores it, and so does everyone else.
She stated that she never expected to receive an MBE but accepted it without hesitation as her parents would be so proud.
Gaynor Sullivan, who was born in Skewen, Wales, is an ambassador for the Prince of Wales foundation and visited Prince William and his family at Cardiff Castle last year. She stated that she did not anticipate the prince to be a fan of her music, but recalled a “beautiful gesture” from their initial encounter.
As the Prince of Wales presented Tyler with her MBE, she stated that they had a delightful talk about her musical career. Tyler has recorded over 15 albums throughout her five decades in the music industry, and she has no intentions to slow down. She just concluded a major tour of Brazil and South America and said she is much more well-known in other nations. In March, she will be in Denmark and Belgium.
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