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'Very proud' Barlow has no plans to return OBE

Gary Barlow was awarded an OBE after arranging the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Gary Barlow has said he has no plans to return his OBE following calls for him to return the honour in the wake of claims he used an "aggressive tax avoidance" scheme.

Asked if he will hand it back, he said: "I'm very proud to have it. Very proud."

The Take That star and X-Factor judge is attending a reception at Buckingham Palace tonight hosted by the Queen to thank those involved in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Diamond Jubilee portrait of Queen unveiled

The Queen posed for the painting on the exact spot of her coronation 60 years ago Credit: PA

The only commissioned Diamond Jubilee portrait of the Queen has been unveiled at an Australian art gallery.

Artist Ralph Heimans said the painting at Canberra's National Portrait Gallery was "soulful and emotional" and shows the Queen in "a moment of reflection".

The Australian-born painter said he was given just an hour with the Queen at Westminster Abbey, the spot of her coronation 60 years ago.

"She's amazingly vulnerable ... I wanted to be very honest," said Heimans.

"We can imagine what she might be thinking and feeling at that moment. She's a beautiful subject to paint, she has a great face."


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Jubilee tour dates released

Dates and destinations have been announced for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's forthcoming overseas tour. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Diamond Jubilee tour dates have been revealed.

The Royal couple will travel through the South Pacific and South East Asia next month and visit the following cities: Singapore (11th); Malaysia (13th); Sabah, Malaysia (rainforest) (15th), Solomon Islands (16th) and Tuvalu (18th).

Queen attends cathedral Jubilee service

Queen Elizabeth II leaves Glasgow Cathedral after attending a service of thanksgiving to mark her Diamond Jubilee Credit: Chris Clark/PA Wire

The Queen visited Scotland's largest city today as part of her week long trip north to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen started the day with a thanksgiving service at Glasgow Cathedral accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh,

About 1,300 people packed into the Cathedral for the event, which was led by its minister Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley.

Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh meet Revd Dr Laurence Whitley of Glasgow Cathedral Credit: Chris Clark/PA Wire

After the service, the Queen and Duke went to the city's George Square, where they were greeted by crowds who waved and cheered.

The Queen was in Glasgow as part of her week-long trip north to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

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