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Darren Clarke collects OBE at Buckingham Palace

Ryder-Cup winning golfer Darren Clarke has received his OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The charismatic Northern Irishman, 44, who won the 2011 Open Championship, was a vice captain of the European Ryder Cup team which memorably beat the US at the Medinah Country Club, Chicago, in September, having also played in five of the tournaments.

Take That star Gary Barlow lined up alongside Clarke to be rewarded for his long career in showbusiness.

Barlow masterminded the triumphant Diamond Jubilee concert - staged at the Palace during a special bank holiday weekend in June - that featured a host of stars including Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney who played to a televised audience of millions.

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, 37, who achieved worldwide fame for her role in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, received a CBE for services to drama, 100 years after the sinking of the "unsinkable" ship.

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