Sandie Shaw 🇬🇧 1967 Eurovision winner honoured by Prince Charles
UNITED KINGDOM – She first dipped her toes into the pop world more than 50 years ago. On Thursday, 51 years after her triumph with Puppet on a String, Sandie Shaw was belatedly honoured with an MBE at Buckingham Palace. Barefoot and bewitching, the songstress became synonymous with the Sixties, winning hearts and giving Britain its first Eurovision victory.
Prince Charles had a question for the 70-year-old as he presented her with the award at the ceremony. ‘Why? Why has it taken so long for you to get here?’ he asked her.
She said afterwards: ‘I told him the truth. The truth is that women in music haven’t tended to be honoured in the past, certainly not in the Sixties. ‘He said he was glad I was here now. He was a bit stunned it had taken so long.’
Thrice-married Sandie, who quit the music business in 2013, also wore some comfortable shoes on the chilly day in London, albeit a lacework pair with open heels and toes.
Her decision to go barefoot in the Sixties was a practical one because she could never find the right size shoes, she once explained.
‘Over the years going barefoot has become my trademark,’ she once said. ‘I now feel it is more of a mindset… an expression of inner and outer freedom!’
Despite her 1967 victory, Sandie admitted she takes no interest in Eurovision now.
Asked if she had seen SuRie’s track Storm being chosen on Wednesday night to represent the UK at this year’s event, she said: ‘No, I watched Silent Witness.’