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Brydon: I hope MBE was for comedy

Robert Brydon has told the Queen he hoped his recently awarded MBE was more for comedy than charity.

The Gavin And Stacey star was one of 80 people who Her Majesty honoured at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.

The comedian said while he spoke about last year's Jubilee concert, the first thing the Queen asked him was why he thought he received the honour, which was awarded for services to comedy, broadcasting and charity.

"She said 'Do you mostly think this is for comedy?' and I said 'I hope so'," Rob said.

The 48-year-old said the award, which came as a complete surprise, did give him time to stop and reflect on the impact he has had on the British entertainment industry.

"It does but it's hard to say that without sounding like a conceited old..." he laughed, before trailing off.

"Generally I think it's important to take stock because in my line of work you're always rushing off to the next thing, there's no guarantees in what I do. You live or die by whether people want to pay you to entertain them."

Musician Laurence Holloway was also honoured and reminded the Queen of the time he played piano for Her Majesty and Princess Margaret at Buckingham Palace. Laurence said he had also made a recording of nursery rhymes for the Queen Mother's 90th birthday.

"I don't think she remembered, but I reminded her," he laughed.

Laurence, who has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and was the musical director for the first three seasons of Strictly Come Dancing, said his MBE spoke more about the work his musical trust has achieved.

"During the year I do a lot of charity concerts, so I use students (from the trust)," he said. "I don't just get rid of them after a week, we actually give them experience on stage. A lot of these seminars teach them for a week and get them to go away, but we keep in touch."

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