Proud to be British

Better late then never – Why the royal wedding made me proud to be British.

It was obvious to hear from different people around the country on TV on the Royal wedding day that they are proud to be British.

But I never believed that I as Israeli born, who served in the army would be so emotional and effected by the event, texting friends and family all day saying how proud I am to be British!

Those few hours explained to me what it was that made me change my life 14 years ago and leave my own country, family, friends, career and sunshine. I came to a country all by myself, I didn’t know more than two people and had to ‘fight’ the grey sky! It was probably the ability to express myself in music at the time, the melancholic classical compositions of the great composers which I changed to melodies and my inner optimism that made it possible for me to overcome the difficulties of the journey. But I now enjoy a fulfilled life in a place that I love, with a British husband that I love, and the fruit of my journey lead to my new album 72 Names.

For 14 years I had that inner conflict between being Israeli, as what represents Israeli people is the chutzpah and directness, to the frustration of the politeness of the English people where every last sentence has to have the ending of ‘by any chance?’ or ‘do you mind?’

On that day the penny dropped and I had no more resistance. I felt full admiration and respect to what my eyes saw, the order, the respect, the people in Hyde Park walking in their thousands with no pushing and the joy of the nation. As an ex-model and a women who loves fashion the ceremony in Westminster Abbey was the crème-de-la-crème of fashion and beauty.

Click here to see a video of my initiation of becoming British after 12 years wait


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Tally Koren

International award-winning singer-songwriter is starting to make waves around the globe. She has been receiving great critical acclaim for her recent performances including the ‘Tate Britain’, the ‘Marbella Film Festival’, the ‘House of Lords’. A BBC Radio 2 playlist artist and the Fringe Award Winner for‘Best Singer-Songwriter’ 2011 Tally’s music has been featured on radio by Chris Evans, Graham Norton, and more In addition Tally is very passionate of using her music to build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians and has recently received a prestigious award as an “Ambassador for Peace” in the House of Commons.

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