Shilpa Shetty is to meet the Queen and talk about her experiences of respect and understanding at a service marking Commonwealth Day on Monday.

The Bollywood star, who was at the centre of a global race row during her time on Celebrity Big Brother, is to speak at the Westminster Abbey service.

She is one of five representatives chosen to share their own experiences of respect and understanding, the theme for this year’s celebrations, and will also be presented to the Queen.

Shilpa won the reality television show earlier this year amid a storm of protest at the way she was treated by fellow celebrities Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd and Jo O’Meara.

Their remarks led to an unprecedented 45,000 complaints to media watchdog Ofcom but police have now said no further action will be taken.

Jade, who dubbed the actress “Shilpa Poppadom” on Celebrity Big Brother, has been vilified since she left the house, whereas the Indian actress was given a hero’s welcome in Leicester, has met Tony Blair and last week attended Liz Hurley’s wedding celebrations.

The ceremony is an annual event to mark Commonwealth Day, which is always celebrated on the second Monday in March.