Singer Annie Lennox has collected an OBE from the Queen for her charity work fighting Aids and poverty in Africa.

Annie, who is recognised widely in music for her time in the Eurythmics with such songs as “Why” and “Sweet Dreams” said: “It’s quite magical. It’s really meaningful to me that it’s for charity work. Campaigning has been taking up a great deal of my commitment for quite a few years, and what it means is that there’s a significance to what I’m doing – I’m not just working in a void.”

The six time Brit award winner, who has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide with the Eurythmics and as a solo artist is a prominent peace activist, a UNAids goodwill ambassador for Aids and founded the Sing campaign to raise awareness of Aids in Africa. She said she had been “so affected” by the issue of human rights, especially where women and girls in the developing world were concerned.

An exhibition of her life and inspirations will be on display at the Victoria and Albert museum in London, from September 15 for five months.