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Wednesday, 28 February, 2001, 16:52 GMT
Beadle honoured by Queen
Jeremy Beadle with (l-r) daughters Cassie, 15, Bonnie, 13, and wife Sue
Family affair: Beadle celebrates becoming an MBE
Entertainer Jeremy Beadle has been made an MBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The 52-year-old, best known for playing practical jokes using hidden cameras, was honoured for his charity work at the ceremony on Wednesday.

This time he was caught on tape himself - as remote-controlled cameras filmed the ceremony in the Palace ballroom.

He said: "It was the first time I'd met the Queen.

Jeremy Beadle
Beadle's last TV show was Channel 5's Win Beadle's Money
"But I know she watched my shows. When I met the Duke of Edinburgh a while ago, he said, 'I'm not sure I feel safe with you - we watch you.'"

Beadle was one of British television's biggest names from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, hosting ITV shows such as You've Been Framed, Beadle's About and Game For A Laugh.

He fell out of favour in the mid-90s, but he has continued to work for charity, raising 13m for organisations including the Foundation for Children with Leukaemia.

"I feel very grateful but I don't think I've earned this," he said.

"Someone said that charity is the rent you pay on earth."

His wife Sue and daughters Cassie, 15, and Bonnie, 13, joined him at the investiture.

He joked: "We're having a lunchtime celebration at the Atlantic Grill - I'm calling it The Gong Show."

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