The singer said he was honoured to have received the gong. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Gary Barlow and Kate Winslet honoured by the Queen

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
5.12 PM

Gary Barlow and Kate Winslet were honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in London today.

Gary Barlow was appointed an OBE during the ceremony. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA WireGary Barlow was appointed an OBE during the ceremony. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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.”

Kate Winslet outside Buckingham Palace after receiving her honour. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA WireKate Winslet outside Buckingham Palace after receiving her honour. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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.”

Actress Kate Winslet is awarded a CBE, for services to drama by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA WireActress Kate Winslet is awarded a CBE, for services to drama by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire