Jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth ‘really proud’ to follow parents with royal honour

British jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth has spoken of her pride at receiving an MBE after last being at Buckingham Palace with her father when he received a knighthood.

Dr Dankworth was recognised for her services to music at an investiture ceremony on Tuesday.

After being presented with her honour by the Duke of Cambridge, she told the PA news agency that the last time she was at the palace was when her father, jazz musician and composer Sir John “Johnny” Dankworth, received a knighthood for his services to music in 2006.

Her mother – Dame Cleo Laine – is an English jazz and pop singer and has also been recognised by the Queen for her services to music.

“I’m really proud to be here,” Dr Dankworth said on Tuesday.

Investitures at Buckingham Palace
Investitures at Buckingham Palace

Asked if the Queen’s honours run in the family, she said: “It must.”

Dr Dankworth paid her compliments to the string orchestra which played during the ceremony, describing it as “lovely music”.

“I told the duke I really love this music and he said he’s been trying to get them to play pop music,” she said.

Dr Dankworth, who was born in Northampton, has worked as an actress with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and in West End Theatre.

She released her first album, As The Sun Shines Down On Me, in 2003.