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Corden to be honoured with OBE

James Corden will be honoured with an OBE at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Matt Crossick / Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Actor James Corden will receive an OBE for services to drama today.

The comedian, who is currently hosting the american talk show The Late Late Show, will be honoured at Buckingham Palace.

He has previously starred in the sitcom Gavin and Stacey and the play One Man, Two Guvnors.


London and its landmarks dominate perceptions of the UK

The Queen's Guards passing Buckingham Palace on horse back during the Trooping of the Colour Credit: Albert Nieboer/DPA/Press Association Images

London and its landmarks dominate overseas perceptions of the UK new research by the British Council has found.

When asked to name a UK place of interest more than a third (35%) of young adults in Brazil, China, Germany, India and the USA named London, making it by far the most common response.

This was followed by three London landmarks: Big Ben (7%), Buckingham Palace (5%) and the British Museum (5%). The only other city in the top ten was Cambridge, in seventh place (1%). In total, around two thirds named London or one of its landmarks.

Stamps show inside the Royal residence

The grand staircase at Buckingham Palace, as depicted in a new set of stamps Credit: Royal Mail

Royal mail spokesman Andrew Hammond said: "This stamp issue illustrates the development of Buckingham Palace from the private house built by the Duke of Buckingham 300 years ago to one of the most iconic buildings in the world."

He added: "Buckingham Palace is one of the most recognised landmarks in the UK and is a source of pride to the nation; it forms a huge part of our heritage, so it's fitting Royal Mail has been able to dedicate a stamp issue to this most famous of addresses."

The Blue Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace also features in the stamp set Credit: Royal Mail

Queen's main home celebrated in stamps

A watercolour showing Buckingham House as it was in 1819, part of the Royal Mail's new stamp issue Credit: Royal Mail

The Queen's face can be found on every stamp issued in the United Kingdom, and now you can see her primary residence when you send a letter as well.

The Royal Mail has release a 10-stamp set of images celebrating Buckingham Palace, which has been the official London residence of British sovereigns since 1837.

The set includes six stamps featuring watercolours of the exterior of the building through the ages, commissioned by Royal Mail from artist Chris Draper.

...and a watercolour of Buckingham Palace as it appears today Credit: Royal Mail
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