Kylie Minogue says she is ‘deeply touched’ to be awarded an OBE by the country she calls her adopted home.

The 39-year-old thanked her British fans for their love and support during her recovery from breast cancer.

Speaking from Australia, where she was spending Christmas with family in Melbourne, she said: “I am almost as surprised as I am honoured to be awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen. I feel deeply touched to be acknowledged by the UK, my adopted home, in this way.”

She added: “This last year I have felt so much love and support from everyone as I took greater steps back into the public domain, and it is with absolute gratitude and joy that I say farewell to 2007 and look forward to what the New Year will bring.”

Kylie’s OBE for services to music in the New Year’s Honours list comes nearly 20 years since I Should Be So Lucky became her first UK No 1.

In 2005, Kylie – who found fame in Aussie soap Neighbours in the 1980s – shocked fans by announcing she had breast cancer mid-way through her Showgirl tour.

But in the last few months of 2007 she’s made a full return to the limelight with the release of new album X, and a role in the Doctor Who Christmas special.