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Classical crossover singer Katherine Jenkins is set to tour the United Kingdom. The Welsh-born star will start her tour in Southend-On-Sea on 2 December, visiting venues in Southampton, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Nottingham, before ending the stint in London on December 27.

Her new album Celebration is released and pays homage to the Queen, who turns 90 this year, with songs like Someone to Watch Over Me, which was the most popular song in the year the monarch was born. There is also a full rendition of the English national anthem in its rarely heard, three-verse form.

While the tour does not feature a Welsh date, Katherine will be performing a concert adaptation of Carmen at the Llangollen International Musical Festival in July and has revealed on Twitter that she is planning something special for her homeland, saying she needed “more time” before she could announce the final details.

The tour news comes as the mezzo-soprano has spoken about the celebrity obsessed selfie generation and the pressure young girls face to conform to certain body image standards. The 35-year-old told Britain’s Fabulous magazine that she wanted to educate her six-month-old daughter Aaliyah, whom she shares with husband Andrew Levitas, early about the distinction between talent and body image to ensure she could navigate social pressures confidently.

“As the mother of a daughter, I do worry about this and the pressure that’s on young girls now,” she shared. “I’m going to want early on to educate Aaliyah about independent women from different genres – women who are powerful without taking their clothes off.” The blonde star added that fans would never catch her in a near-naked selfie on social media. “I would never post: ‘This is me in my underwear at home, this is me in my bed.’ I just don’t do that,” she added. “There’s a certain amount of stuff I’m willing to share, then there’s stuff that is clearly off-limits.”