PICTURES: Kate Bush Takes Her CBE From The Queen

Kate Bush and the Queen, yesterday (AP Images)

Kate Bush and the Queen at Windsor Castle (AP Images)

There’s something about these pictures of famous performers meeting royalty that bends the head a little. There’s Kate Bush, there’s the Queen, they’re shaking hands, as normal people do. And even when you know that Kate is receiving her CBE for services to the music industry, and that is a ceremony that naturally involves meeting the Queen, the visual reality of that meeting is still startling.

So, yesterday is when this event took place, in a ceremony that also included awards for British Olympians Helen Glover and Heather Stanning (gold medallists in the coxless pairs).

Afterwards Kate told the Express: “I feel incredibly thrilled to receive this honour which I share with my family, friends and fellow musicians.”

But really, this is what it is all about:

Kate Bush gets her CBE

This is the shot in which Her Majesty is saying “…and when did you decide to write a concept album about snow?”

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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