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Fiona Kennedy honoured by the Queen

Dr Fiona Kennedy, pictured with her family after she received her OBE from Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. OBE. Picture date: Tuesday 1 July 2014. Copyright: Palace Photos
Dr Fiona Kennedy, pictured with her family after she received her OBE from Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. OBE. Picture date: Tuesday 1 July 2014. Copyright: Palace Photos

Entertainer and broadcaster Fiona Kennedy was honoured by the Queen yesterday at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh for services to music and charity.

She had been made an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours list, and was accompanied by her family at the investiture.

Husband Francis Clark, an Aberdeen businessman, and children Hannah, Francis, and Sophie, proudly watched the ceremony in the palace grounds.

Ms Kennedy, who was appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire last year, is also honorary president of Voluntary Service Aberdeen (VSA), as well as patron of North East School of Music (NESMS).

Further afield, she is involved with Famine Relief for Orphans in Malawi, the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Jazz Art UK, and The Speakeasy Club.

Meanwhile, her natural talents, inherited from parents, Calum Kennedy and Anne Lorne Gillies, have ensured success in numerous musical productions.

Among these was The Kist, a musical celebration of Scottish heritage through song and story, which played to sell-out theatres, including Aberdeen’s St Machar Festival last November.

The entertainment gene has passed on to another generation, with her daughter, Sophie, recently starring in the Oscar-nominated film, Philomena.

“I am absolutely thrilled to receive this wonderful award – it is a huge honour and it was really brilliant to have all my family with me to celebrate in Edinburgh,” said Ms Kennedy.

“This award is also for all the people I have been privileged to work with in music and charity, from whom I have learned a great deal.”

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