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The singer shared a video of the ceremony on Instagram, writing: "This has been the most extraordinary gift I could have ever wished for. Ordine Stella d'Italia (OSI) – an Italian knighthood presented by the Italian Consul in Cape Town Emanuele Pollio. Being a recipient of 'The Order/knight of the Star of Italy' deeply humbles and fills me with immense gratitude for such and extraordinary decoration [sic]."
In the video, Consul Emanuele Pollio refers to Pretty as a "great daughter of South Africa, " adding: "But in a way, she is also a daughter of Italy."