Strictly’s Darcey Bussell is ‘truly humbled’ to be awarded damehood in Queen’s New Year’s Honours

Strictly's Darcey Bussell 'truly humbled' to be awarded damehood in New Year's Honours
Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell has been awarded a damehood for services to dance (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Congratulations are in order for Strictly judge Darcey Bussell after she was awarded a damehood in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for 2018.

The former prima ballerina, 48, revealed she was ‘truly humbled’ for the honour, which she’s received for her services to dance.

She wrote on Twitter: ‘Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I am truly humbled to receive the honour. I gratefully accept it on behalf of all the dance organisations that I am so fortunate to be part of.

‘Dance is such a beautiful art form, it is inspiring and provides joy, social cohesion and wellbeing.’

Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I am truly humbled to receive the honour. I gratefully accept it on behalf of all the dance organisations that I am so fortunate to be part of. Dx

— Darcey Bussell (@DarceyOfficial) December 30, 2017

In the New Year’s Honours list, Darcey is listed under Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire as ‘Ms Darcey Andrea BUSSELL, CBE For services to Dance.’

Dame Darcey does have a certain ring to it, wouldn’t you agree?

Strictly's Darcey Bussell 'truly humbled' to be awarded damehood in New Year's Honours
Darcey Bussell alongside Jonathan Cope in The Sleeping Beauty (Picture: Robbie jack/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Strictly Come Dancing judge studied at the Royal Ballet School from the age of 13, before becoming the youngest ever principal at the age of 20.

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She remained there for 20 years before retiring – and performing for the last time – in 2007. She came out of retirement, albeit briefly, to perform at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.

Darcey – who lives in London with her businessman husband Angus Forbes and their two daughters, Zoe and Phoebe – is regarded as one of the great British ballerinas.

Darcey joined the Strictly judging panel in 2009 and was congratulated by her co-judge Bruno Tonioli as well as 2017 winner Joe McFadden after the news was announced on Friday.

Ore Oduba, winner of Strictly 2016, also posted a congratulatory message, calling her the ‘most beautiful and deserving dame’.

Ringo Starr, Barry Gibb, Eamonn Holmes and Hugh Laurie are among those recognised by the Queen on 2018’s New Year Honours list.

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