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

'I'm Taking A Break'

'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.

Louis with his MBE

"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'.

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.'"

Investitures At Buckingham Palace

Investitures at Buckingham Palace

Louis Smith

Louis Smith

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