The Queen praises Gary Barlow’s Diamond Jubilee song

As Gary Barlow gets ready to deliver the show of his life at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, he has been given a boost by Sing - the Jubilee album he made with the Commonwealth Band - making it to the number one spot in the album charts.

It comes after the BBC aired a moving documentary last night about the making of the record, which features 7 tracks, including collaborations with the Military Wives, Hayley Westenra, Alfie Boe and Laura Wright.

The title single of the album, co-written by Andrew-Lloyd Webber and featuring Prince Harry on tambourine, is also working its way up the charts and musical maestro Webber was delighted with the news, Tweeting: “I'm absolutely thrilled, this is a burst of sunshine on a rainy Sunday - let's hope the sun shines on Gary's concert tomorrow.”

Gary also took to Twitter to thank fans for their support, writing: “Thank you so much #GbArmy for making Sing the number 1 album this week #foreverindebted”

But Gary received the ultimate seal of approval from the Queen herself, who said she thought the single was “great.”

The Take That star told the Daily Star Sunday: "When the Queen heard the song, she thought it was great."

Gary has helped organise tonight’s Jubilee music spectacular, calling on some of the biggest stars from around the globe to help celebrate the Queen’s 60-year-reign – a nerve wracking task!

He said: “The Queen gave me pretty much a free rein.

"She loved all the ideas and was incredibly interested in everything.

"The last meeting I had with her she was really putting me on the spot, asking me all kinds of questions."

As acts including Jessie J, Robbie Williams, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Sir Paul McCartney, JLS and Ed Sheeran get set to perform outside Buckingham Palace tonight, Gary has been keeping fans updated on how rehearsals are going.

He Tweeted: “Paul McCartney is rehearsing! Feel like a complete beginner ! #totallegend,” before posting a picture of himself out side the palace door, looking every inch the king of pop!

Gary is said to be performing an extra special duet with Cheryl Cole and he will also take to the stage with the Military Wives to perform Sing.

It’s going to be a magical, heart-warming and somewhat emotional show, which kicks off at 7.30 tonight, on BBC1. You can watch Sing now in the video player above.




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