'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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The Team GB bronze medalist told the Sun: "As athletes, we have a big responsibility to keep the legacy [of London 2012] going. I'm starting to take a step back from the entertainment side and move into charity and school work"

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Louis with his MBE

"People might misconstrue that because we are doing a bit of entertainment that we're losing our way, but it's about boosting knowledge and so that we can promote other things that we're doing.

"I never thought, starting off in gymnastics, I would be in this position. It's quite amazing. It's been a tremendous year for me."

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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  • Investitures At Buckingham Palace

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: (L-R) Louis Smith MBE and Arlene Phillips CBE hold their medals after they were presented to them by Queen Elizabeth II at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on February 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Louis Smith holds his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal after it was presented to him by Queen Elizabeth II at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on February 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • Investitures At Buckingham Palace

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Arlene Phillips holds her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal after it was presented to her by Queen Elizabeth II at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on February 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Sophie Hosking holds her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal after it was presented to her by Queen Elizabeth II at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on February 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Natasha Baker holds her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal after it was presented to her by Queen Elizabeth II at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on February 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-AWARDS-INVESTITURES

    Former Northern Ireland footballer and coach Pat Rice holds his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal after it was presented to her by Queen Elizabeth II at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, in central London on February 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/POOL/ John Stillwell (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-AWARDS-INVESTITURES

    Britsih choreographer and theatre director Arlene Phillips holds her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal after it was presented to her by Queen Elizabeth II at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, in central London on February 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/POOL/ John Stillwell (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Jeremy Lloyd holds his Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal after it was presented to him by Queen Elizabeth II at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on February 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Pat Rice holds his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal after it was presented to him by Queen Elizabeth II at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on February 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: Deborah Hale proudly holds her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal after it was presented to her by Queen Elizabeth II at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on February 13, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    RETRANSMITED CORRECTING CAPTIONOlympic gymnast Louis Smith receives his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Olympic gymnast Louis Smith receives his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Former Arsenal football and coach Pat Rice receives his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Choreographer Arlene Phillips receives her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace

    Olympic rower Sophie Hoskingreceives her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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