Gary Barlow Receives OBE From The Queen At Buckingham Palace: "It Doesn't Seem Real"

21 November 2012, 16:27 | Updated: 21 November 2012, 16:44

The X Factor UK judge received the honour for his contributions to the entertainment industry and charity.

Gary Barlow attended Buckingham Palace today (21st November) where he was presented with an OBE by the Queen.

The 41 year-old Take That frontman, who has been in the public eye ever since the early days of Take That in his early twenties, was given the honour for his serves to the entertainment industry and charity.

In a statement after the presentation ceremony Gary said he had been surprised about the honour of receiving an OBE and that it "hadn't seemed real until today".

It was announced back in June on the Queen's Birthday Honours list that Gary would receive an OBE, just days after he masterminded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert celebration at Buckingham Palace.

Check out a picture of Gary Barlow at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards earlier this year below (Credit: PA):

Gary's music career spans twenty years and has seen him perform with Take That and as a solo artist, write songs for some of the biggest stars in the industry and, more recently, serve as a judge on The X Factor UK.

Gary Barlow is set to continue his current UK tour with a performance at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham tomorrow (22nd November), before continuing the country-side tour across cities including Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Cardiff, Dublin and Belfast over the coming months.