The Queen recently announced her Birthday Honours List and our beloved Lorraine Kelly was included. She has been made a CBE for Services to Broadcasting, Journalism and Charity.
Lorraine said, “this is such an unexpected honour I’m very grateful and humbled. Particularly as I am in far more deserving company; especially all of those front line workers who are true heroes”.
Lorraine has been doing journalism ever since she left school in 1978 where she joined her local paper in Scotland, East Kilbride News, in favour of a university place. She was there for five years before joining BBC Scotland as a researcher, eventually moving to TV as a news reporter in 1984, just aged 25.
“I have been lucky to have been on Breakfast TV for 36 years. It’s a job I never take for granted and that I dearly love. I’ve met some truly inspirational people and I learn something new every day. It’s also been a real privilege to be in a position to be able to give something back and help charities that do so much good”, she said on her show following receiving the news.
She has already been recognised by the Queen once before. In 2012, she was appointed OBE for services to charity and the armed forces. Lorraine is a celebrity patron of Worldwide Cancer Research, she is also a patron of the advocacy charity POhWER (People of Hertfordshire Wants Equal Rights) and Help for Heroes. She has also raised over £1.3 million for Comic Relief and much more. Her charitable work really does put us to shame!
Appearing on Good Morning Britain earlier this week, Lorraine admitted that she celebrated the news by getting “extremely drunk!” She claimed the honour is “a great excuse” to get “more drunk” than she would have done.
A CBE is the highest-ranking British Empire award. Piers Morgan said, “you’ve been promoted from an OBE to a CBE. the next promotion is Dame Lorraine!”