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Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber to create a Diamond Jubilee song

Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber are to write a song together to mark 60 years of The Queen's reign

The song will be performed at the Diamond Jubilee weekend concert outside Buckingham Palace on 4 June, which will be attended by Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family.

In preparation, Barlow will embark on a journey around the world to discover what The Queen means to the people of the Commonwealth. The trip will feature in an hour-long documentary to be screened by BBC One.

Barlow and Lloyd Webber will also aim to incorporate different musical traditions into the song which will feature artists and contributors from the UK and Commonwealth. They could include international names and unknowns from remote villages.

Barlow's journey will see him travel to the Caribbean, Africa, the Pacific Islands and Australasia.

He said: "This is probably the biggest challenge I've ever taken on musically. I'm so excited and thrilled to be a part of it."

And Lloyd Webber said: "It is a huge honour to be involved in this historic occasion and I am looking forward very much to working with Gary."

 Gary Barlow at Buckingham Palace for the launch of the Diamond Jubilee concert © Press Association
Gary Barlow at Buckingham Palace for the launch of the Diamond Jubilee concert © Press Association
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 Gary Barlow at Buckingham Palace for the launch of the Diamond Jubilee concert © Press Association