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Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Harry Kewell named 'Melbourne King & Queen'

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Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Harry Kewell have been dubbed Melbourne's 'royalty'.

The Australian singer and footballer Kewell will reportedly be officially named as the 'King and Queen of Moomba' today (February 15), after being voted the city's favourite stars.

Bassingthwaighte told the Herald Sun: "I can't believe it. I've been in Melbourne for eight years now and I definitely feel like Melbourne is where my home is. It's where my heart is. My daughter was born here, I got married here and I feel a real connection. So being given the title of queen is an incredible feeling, it's lovely."

She also revealed that she was looking forward to the upcoming four-day Labour Day festival in Melbourne, saying: "A million people came last year. It definitely shows the spirit of Melburnians for sure, and even back in 2006 I had such a wonderful time to see so much joy on peoples' faces. To be a part of it at this stage where it has grown so much is just an honour."

Kewell recently relocated to Melbourne from Europe with his actress wife Sheree Murphy for the birth of their fourth child Dolly.

They have both spoken of their love for the city, with Murphy recently saying: "The kids are loving it, it's like one big holiday."

Melbourne's Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said: "Natalie'll be great... She loves Melbourne. This is where she's decided to settle down with her family. We wanted people who were recognisable because that's part of being king and queen, [people] who love Melbourne and made Melbourne their home with their young family."

Last year's King and Queen of Moomba were Collingwood Football Club coach Mick Malthouse and fashion designer Ruby Rose. In 2010, the awards went to TV personality Molly Meldrum and singer Kate Ceberano.

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Watch Natalie Bassingthwaighte perform 'All We Have' on The X Factor Australia Australia last year below:

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