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Britain welcomes Miss Adele Adkins, MBE

Published:Monday | December 23, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Adele received an MBE at Buckingham Palace last week. The Someone Like You hitmaker was handed the award by the Prince of Wales after being named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for her services to the music industry.

The 25-year-old singer now has the title Miss Adele Adkins, MBE, which stands for member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

She released a statement after the ceremony, saying: "It was an honour to be recognised and a very proud moment to be awarded alongside such wonderful and inspirational people. Very posh, indeed."

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Adele has achieved huge success over the past two years with the release of her second album 21, which topped the charts in more than 30 countries and was number one in the United Kingdom for 23 weeks, selling more than seven million copies in the country.

It was then certified diamond after 24 weeks at the top spot in the United States.

The blonde beauty is now a global pop superstar and also won an Academy Award in February for her James Bond theme song, Skyfall.

She is rumoured to be planning the release of her third studio album sometime next year but has been busy being a mom after giving birth to her son, Angelo, with partner Simon Konecki, in October last year.

Singer-songwriter PJ Harvey, broadcaster Aled Jones, and author Joanne Harris also received MBEs, while broadcaster Claire Balding was honoured with an OBE (Order of the British Empire).