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'Strictly' Star Louis Smith Awarded MBE, Reveals He's 'Taking A Break From Entertainment'

02/14/2013 08:44 am 08:44:15 | Updated 14 February 2013

'Strictly Come Dancing' champ (and Huff Post Celeb fave) Louis Smith has revealed he plans to take a break from showbiz.

Fresh from collecting his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace yesterday, the Olympic gymnast - who won last year's 'Strictly' - says he wants to focus on his charity work.

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Louis with his MBE

And Louis wasn't the only 'Strictly' star with an appointment with the Queen yesterday. Former judge Arlene Phillips was also at the Palace to collect a CBE - something she described as 'a real treasure'.

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By strict appointment: Louis and Arlene at Buckingham Palace

"I feel like weeping," she said. "As I stood before the Queen an incredible emotion came over me. From where I came from, I never expected to be here receiving the CBE.

"It's incredible I've been able to do so much in terms of theatre and TV and music videos. I feel I've been so lucky to experience that.'"

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