Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Gary Barlow and Kate Winslet were honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in London today.
The Take That frontman was appointed a OBE for his services to the entertainment industry while Winslet received her CBE for services to drama.
Barlow was behind the triumphant Diamond Jubilee concert - staged at the palace - which featured a host of stars including Stevie Wonder, Robbie Williams and Sir Paul McCartney.
He also co-wrote the single Sing, celebrating the Queen’s 60 years on the throne - with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, which topped the UK singles chart.
After receiving her honour, Winslet said: “She asked me if I enjoyed acting and I said yes I liked it but not as much as being a mother. “It is the best job.”
Winslet has a daughter, Mia, 12, with first husband Jim Threapleton and had a son, Joe, with American Beauty and Skyfall director Sam Mendes in 2003.
The Reading-born actress said the ceremony and honour were not comparable to the “terrifying spectacle” of events like the Oscars.
“It is a completely different kind of honour,” she added. “The sense of gravity is enormous and you very much feel you are being acknowledged by the whole country in a way.
“There is something incomparably overwhelming about that.”