The 60-year-old, who has been a staple on breakfast television for decades, has been made a CBE for services to broadcasting, journalism and charity.
Kelly is recognised on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list alongside a host of people hailed for their actions during the pandemic.
She said: “This is such an unexpected honour I’m very grateful and humbled.
“Particularly as I am in far more deserving company, especially all of those front line workers who are true heroes.
“I’ve worked in journalism since I left school in 1978 and joined my local newspaper, and have been lucky to have been on breakfast TV for 36 years.
“It’s a job I never take for granted and that I dearly love. I’ve met some truly inspirational people and I learn something new every day.
“It’s also been a real privilege to be in a position to be able to give something back and help charities that do so much good.”
Kelly’s on-screen break came in 1984, when she joined TV-am.
Since then, the Scot has become a familiar face on the small screen and has presented her hugely popular daily talk show Lorraine since 2010.
The presenter has been married to cameraman Steve Smith since 1992 and they have a daughter together, Rosie Kelly-Smith.
For their 25th wedding anniversary in 2017, the couple embarked on a polar trek following in the footsteps of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
During an interview with the PA news agency that year, Kelly said of their exploration: “Spending three weeks together on our own and seeing somewhere I’ve dreamt of visiting since I was a little girl, was wonderful. Steve and I get on brilliantly and never run out of things to talk about.
“I think relationships stay strong when you never take the other person for granted and stay interested in what they have to say.”
Kelly is active in a number of charity organisations, serving as patron for Help for Heroes, Muscle Help Foundation and FND Hope UK, and since 2011 she has hosted the STV Children’s Appeal.