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Take That star Gary Barlow in Queen Tribute act

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Gary-Barlow-and-the-QueenTAKE THATstar Gary Barlow paid tribute to the Queen of England and said he was 'deeply proud' after returning to Buckingham Palace to be awarded his OBE by the Queen.

The 41-year-old X Factor judge, who has spent more than 20 years as a performer, was given the title for services to the entertainment industry and to charity.

Barlow was the brains behind the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert - staged at the Palace during a special bank holiday weekend in June 2012 - which featured stars including Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney who played to a televised audience of millions.

The anthem Sing, co-written with Andrew Lloyd Webber, and featured at the Jubilee concert, topped the singles charts during the summer and his OBE was announced days later in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

As the creative force behind Take That between 1990 and 1996 and since they reformed in 2005, plus his solo success, Barlow has topped the singles charts 14 times and received five Ivor Novello awards for his song-writing.

Barlow declined to talk to reporters after his investiture, but in a statement said he had been surprised by the award of his OBE and that it 'hadn't seemed real until today'.

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