M.I.A. Is Essentially British Royalty Now

Prince William made her a Member Of The Order Of The British Empire.

The rapper/songstress M.I.A.—full name Maya Arulpragasam—was named a Member Of The Order Of The British Empire for her musical contributions on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list back in June of last year. Other English musical honorees included Elvis Costello, Anna Meredith, and former Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey.

M.I.A.’s high-falutin new status is slightly surprising, considering her often controversial outspokenness and political activism. When she was first informed of the MBE, the singer took to Instagram to explain what the honor meant to her and her family:

I’m honoured to have this honour, as it means alot to my Mother. I want to honour what my mum spent many hours of her life doing! She is one of the 2 women in England who hand stitched these medals for the last 30 years. After receiving asylum my mum and cousin took this job in 1986, because it was the only non English speaking manual labour she could find.

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She spent her life in England hand sewing 1000s of medals for the Queen. No matter how I feel or what I think , my Mother was extremely proud of the job she had. It’s a very unique situation for me where I get to honour her most classiest minimum wage job ever. #TAMIL #UKTAMIL #REFUGEE survival story. #LIFECYCLES.

Today, Prince William himself bestowed the royal honor upon her in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. You can see a photo of the moment (and Maya dressed in a dapper white suit) plus the singer posing proudly with her mother below. Also, I had no idea William was that bald.

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