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Gloria Hunniford receives an OBE from The Queen at Buckingham Palace

The veteran broadcaster Gloria Hunniford as been awarded an OBE by The Queen at Buckingham Palace for her services to cancer charities.

Gloria, who has a showbiz career spanning for 70 years, was pictured chatting to The Queen as she picked up her honour for the work she has done for cancer charities through breast screening services and cancer support.

In 2004, Gloria’s daughter Caron Keating, who was also a television presenter, died of breast cancer aged 41.

Following her death, the 77-year-old kept her daughter’s memory and legacy alive by setting up cancer charity in her name; the Caron Keating Foundation.

This charity awards grants to cancer charities throughout the UK, which pays for professional carers, support groups and counselling services.

The foundation also helps to fund equipment for faster cancer detection, as well as drivers who take patients to and from treatment centres

Speaking outside of Buckingham Palace, Gloria said: “Getting the OBE is very humbling because it’s not for showbusiness. This is for the foundation, and it was a cancer charity that actually nominated me, it was Action Cancer in Belfast.”

An Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), is the second rank of the order and is the one that those who have performed very worthy service are admitted to. The holder uses the letters OBE after their name, in this case, Mrs Gloria Hunniford OBE.