Queen left Take That’s Gary Barlow stumped with some pretty ‘awkward’ questions

The Queen’s approval was needed after Gary Barlow presented the plans for her Diamond Jubilee concert.

Queen left Take That's Gary Barlow stumped with questions before the Diamond Jubilee concert
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The Queen reportedly once left Take That star Gary Barlow stumped after asking some ‘awkward’ questions when they met to discuss the plans for her Diamond Jubilee concert. 


The Queen will become the first British monarch ever to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee in 2022 as she marks 70 years since ascending to the throne. Many of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events have already been announced for the four-day bank holiday weekend in the UK in June. Though the Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee five months ahead of this as the actual date of her becoming monarch is February 1952. 

As might have been expected by royal fans in light of Her Majesty’s previous Jubilees, a concert is set to take place on Saturday June 4th outside Buckingham Palace. World-class performers are expected to take to the stage and though the final line-up for the Platinum Jubilee concert hasn’t been confirmed yet, this won’t be the first time a concert has been held at the palace for such a special occasion. 

Back in 2012 when the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, it was Take That singer-songwriter Gary Barlow who organized the concert. And it seems Gary was left “guessing” after being asked some pretty awkward questions by none other than the Queen herself.

The final event featured the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder and gave fans a spectacular performance to remember. But the final plans are said to have required the Queen’s approval and it was Gary who presented them to her. 

According to The Mirror, Gary opened up about one very memorable interaction with Her Majesty during an appearance on the Graham Norton Show in the lead-up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee a decade ago.

He reportedly explained at the time, “Only a couple of weeks ago I got the job of presenting the whole plan of the concert to her and I’d learnt everything about the gig. There’s not a question she can throw at me that I’m going to falter on.”

Queen Elizabeth II and musician Gary Barlow on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2012

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However, it seems that the Queen went on to prove him wrong in unforgettable style as the musician claimed she began to ask some pretty understandable questions about the upcoming concert. 

“And she said, ‘So all the equipment, how long is that going to take to dismantle? At this point, I’m guessing so I say, ‘About six or seven hours’,” Gary continued. “And she said, “So, the concert finished at half ten at night, which means you will be doing that all night at the front of the palace where my family lives.”

After this, the Take That star went on to discuss other aspects of the plans, closing, “I say, ‘Moving on Your Majesty, this is the royal box, this is where you will be sitting. And she said, ‘How am I going to get there?’ It was something else I didn’t know the answer to!”

Queen Elizabeth II at the Diamond Jubilee concert, with Cheryl Cole, Tom Jones, Prince Charles, The Duchess Of Cornwall, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Kylie Minogue

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Despite these somewhat awkward questions, though, the Queen appeared delighted when she joined the performers on stage at the final Diamond Jubilee concert. Now, with the Platinum Jubilee concert just months away, fans will no doubt be eagerly anticipating who might take over Gary’s reins as organizer—and who will be taking to the stage this summer!

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!