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Dagenham singer Sandie Shaw collects MBE from Buckingham Palace

PUBLISHED: 13:58 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:10 08 February 2018

Sandie Shaw with her MBE medal following an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Sandie Shaw with her MBE medal following an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Dagenham-born singer Sandie Shaw said she was thrilled to be honoured at Buckingham Palace as she collected her MBE.

Sandie Shaw is made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Prince of Wales during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire Sandie Shaw is made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Prince of Wales during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The star, who was named in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, said the Prince of Wales seemed “stunned” that the 70-year-old was only now being given an award.

Following her conversation with Prince Charles, she said: “He was a bit stunned it had taken so long. He said ‘Why? Why has it taken so long for you to get here?’

“I told him the truth - the truth is that women in music haven’t tended to be honoured in the past, certainly not in the 60s.”

Asked if the prince had agreed with her, she replied: “I wouldn’t like to say.”

She added: “He said he was glad I was here now.”

And Sandie, who scored Britain’s first Eurovision Song Contest win in 1967 with her hit Puppet On A String, revealed she does not take much interest in the singing contest - admitting she never watches it.

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