The Queen is giving Take That’s Gary Barlow an OBE as a reward for arranging her amazing Diamond Jubilee Concert.
It is a personal gift to mark his efforts to put on the musical spectacular on Monday, and co-writing the special Jubilee song ‘Sing’.
OBE's, or Orders of the British Empire, honour acts of chivalry. Gary, 41, spent more than a year organising Monday’s concert outside Buckingham Palace, bringing together superstars such as Cheryl Cole, Shirley Bassey, Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney.
He visited Her Majesty at Windsor to brief her on his progress and also found time to write 'Sing', with Andrew Lloyd Webber. It features 210 voices from across the Commonwealth!
A senior Royal source told The Sun: “The Queen was delighted with Gary Barlow’s brilliant work and dedication. She made it clear he should be rewarded at the first available opportunity.
“Mr Barlow was told of Her Majesty’s offer a few weeks ago. He was quite surprised, but he has accepted it.”
The news will be officially announced with the release of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List next Saturday. The OBE will honour Gary’s amazing music career too.
He’s had a string of No1 singles solo and with his band Take That, including ‘Could It Be Magic’, ‘Relight my Fire’ and ‘Never Forget’.
Well done Gary, you deserve it!
Check out these photos of the acts at the concert...