Gary Barlow gets an OBE, the Queen’s had quite the showbiz week

Gary Barlow popped along to the palace this afternoon to pick up his OBE.

Gary BarlowGary Barlow picking up his OBE today. Copyright [PA]And whilst Gary Barlow was obviously chuffed to pieces about his OBE, we reckon the Queen was probably pretty overwhelmed by her very showbiz week.

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Not only has she had Gary Barlow visiting her today, but she's also met Girls Aloud and One Direction this week at the Royal Variety Performance.

We're actually pretty jel of her Majesty right now, seeing as Gary, Girls Aloud and One Direction are basically our favourite people right now.

Gary BarlowGary Barlow looked pretty pleased with his OBE. Copyright [PA]Anyway, back to Gazza and his new honour.

He was picking up the OBE for his services to the entertainment industry, and for being really fit.

OK, we made the second bit up. But the first bit is definitely true. We're going to reel off a very long list of his achievements. Deep breath.

The Queen and Girls AloudThe Queen has also met Girls Aloud this week. Copyright [PA]He's been front man of Take That, taken Simon Cowell's place on the X Factor panel, spearheaded a Children in Need campaign last year, organised the Jubilee Concert, toured the Commonwealth to film a documentary, won an Outstanding Contribution award at the National Television Awards, written for Matt Cardle, Westlife and Marcus Collins' albums last year and penned Robbie Williams' comeback single, Candy. Oh, and his career has spanned 21 years.

He tweeted his pride at receiving the honour, saying: "I'm going to get my O.B.E. thank you for all your support over the last 21 years."

We reckon he should wear his honour with pride on this week's X Factor.

We think it'd drive the other judges - especially Louis, who's apparently had about 400 number ones - mad.