Kylie Minogue and how she became a British institution as she returns to Australia

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She may have been brought up Down Under, but Princess of Pop Kylie Minogue has become a British institution.

But it is time to say goodbye to the star, who is quitting Blighty after 30 years to move back to Australia.

Kylie wants to be closer to her family after spending time Down Under during lockdown.

But while the 53-year-old may be returning to her roots, she will forever be in the hearts of Brits, a position she has held since shoo­ting to fame in 1986 when she was cast as Charlene Mitchell in soap Neighbours.

Her onscreen romance with Scott Robinson – Jason Donovan – captured imaginations from Sydney to Surrey and by the time the sweethearts’ wedding episode aired in 1987 an audience of 20 million viewers tuned in.

Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue
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Kylie in Neighbours
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But it was as a singer she began to truly shine with hits like I Should Be So Lucky and The Loco-motion.

By the 1990s the singer, who by then was a huge name around the world, had dated Donovan and INXS frontman Michael Hutchence and made London her home.

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Embracing the country that loved her back, Kylie, who last year became the first female artist to have number one albums in the UK across five decades, threw herself into London life.

She wowed the fashion world with a stunning appearance at London Fashion Week in 1995 and six years later she had her very own An Audience With… show on ITV, following in the footsteps of stars like Rod Stewart and Tom Jones.

She joined a string of British chat show hosts from Michael Parkinson and Jonathan Ross to Graham Norton. And she starred as a coach on The Voice.

As pop royalty Kylie – older sister to singer and former X Factor judge Dannii, 49 – has met our very own royals quite a few times too.

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Kylie performing at Manchester Academy in 2012
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She dated INXS singer Michael Hutchence
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After receiving an OBE from Prince Charles in 2008 the star who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2005, told of how much it meant. She said: “I feel deeply touched to be acknowledged by the UK, my adopted home, in this way.”

Kylie, who has a British passport as well as an Australian one, continued to tour the world and release hits including Confide in Me and Can’t Get You Out of My Head.

Kylie receives an OBE from the Prince of Wales for services to music
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She has even duetted with Robbie Williams
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Her gold lamé hotpants in the video for Spinning Around in 2000 took on legendary status and in 2012 she turned heads when she performed at the Manchester Academy wearing a T-shirt with a Daily Mirror front page from 1964.

She even duetted with Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams and fellow Aussie Nick Cave.

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And appearing at Glastonbury two years ago Kylie performed, aptly, in the legends slot. Before her appearance she said: “I’m just going to have to try and contain myself, that’s for sure. I could just combust.”

As Kylie, who is in a relationship with Welshman Paul Solomons, 46, heads Down Under, a source close to her said: “Her love for London and the UK remains undiminished and she will still be here a lot.”

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