By Honey Gillard
 AUSTRALIA’S shining star Nicole Kidman has been awarded Australia’s greatest civil honour – the Companion of the Order of Australia.
Kidman, 39, received the eminent award for her strengthened work in promoting women and children’s health, as well as cancer research.
“It’s a pat on the back, which as a little girl is something you dream of,” stated Kidman.
Kidman, joined by proud husband Keith Urban and parents, Janelle MacNeille and Antony Kidman, was presented the prestigious award last Friday at a ceremony held at Government House, Yarralumla in Canberra, Australia.
Governor-General Michael Jeffery happily presented the award to the Golden Girl.
“I think the great thing about you, Ms. Kidman, is what have you have done to better the human condition,” Jeffrey said, as he awarded a smiling Kidman.
“You have become an honorary ambassador to UNICEF and UNIFEM, you’re looking after children and women’s issues. You’ve been a great support for children at Sydney hospital and a great supporter of research for cancer.”
“Not only are you a tremendous actress but you are… a great attribute to the nation.”
Kidman said that her parents would be more proud of her receiving this honour than when she won her Oscar for Best Actress.
Kidman was originally due to be presented with this award last year, but the presentation was delayed due to her film commitments and wedding to Aussie country singer Keith Urban.
Kidman is currently in Australia filming alongside Hugh Jackman in film ‘Australia’, due out next year.
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Sources: E!online

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