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Buckingham Palace is not too shabby, says James Corden at gong show

By Catherine Wylie

Published 26/06/2015

James Corden with wife Julia Carey after he was awarded an OBE
James Corden with wife Julia Carey after he was awarded an OBE
Esther Rantzen with her daughter Rebecca Wilcox after she was made a Dame
Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown after being awarded a Companion of Honour

James Corden joked that Buckingham Palace "doesn't look too shabby" despite the Queen maybe having to move out to allow the historic building to be refurbished.

The TV funnyman was in the Palace collecting his OBE from the Princess Royal for services to drama - which he said was "overwhelming" - when he made the remark.

Corden (36) now lives in Los Angeles where he presents The Late Late Show on CBS. Asked if he thinks the Queen should consider a temporary relocation to LA if she does have to move out, he joked: "Oh I don't know. I think she's got some other properties.

"I mean, I'll be honest, the bits I've seen - it doesn't look too shabby.

"It looks all right to me. I mean, it's an amazing... it's an incredible building."

Meanwhile, Esther Rantzen received a Damehood for services to children and older people through ChildLine and The Silver Line.

The campaigner (75) said of the charities' work: "People tell me it transforms their lives."

Yesterday's investiture ceremony was the biggest of the year so far, involving 102 recipients and 320 guests. Among them was former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown (74) who became a Companion of Honour.

"It's a great privilege. I have to say that, to a certain extent, I'm afraid that if you stay around long enough in politics these things arrive, but a Companion of Honour is a bit special so I'm very pleased," he said.

The honour is limited to just 65 people in addition to the Queen, and is awarded for services of national importance.

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