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The prototype allowed users to compare their size with that of famous faces  such as Cheryl Cole, Kate Middleton and Adele

The “Someone Like You” singer beamed as she received her Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace this morning, making her full title Miss Adele Adkins MBE

Arise, Miss Adele Adkins MBE: singer honoured by Prince Charles

The 'Someone Like You' singer received Most Excellent Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace this morning

The singer will be travelling to Buckingham Palace to receive the title of Miss Adele Adkins MBE

Adele to be honoured with an MBE

The singer will be travelling to Buckingham Palace to receive the title of Miss Adele Adkins MBE

Adele has shifted the most physical and digital sales on Amazon of all-time with her album '21'

Adele's 21 tops Amazon's best-selling albums of all time list

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Sam Smith, who has been tipped for success in 2014, with his Critics' Choice Award

Sam Smith wins Brits Critics' Choice Awards

The 21-year-old beat Ella Eyre and Chlöe Howl to win the honour

Sam Bailey sings

The X Factor takes a patriotic twist with Sam Bailey covering The Beatles for British week

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A £24m windfall for Adele label’s owners

The owners of Adele’s record label have cashed in on the Tottenham singer’s record-breaking success by paying themselves a huge £24m dividend.

Rolling in the cash: Adele label’s owners pay themselves £24m

XL Recordings founders Richard Russell and partner Martin Mill's counts Radiohead, The Prodigy and Jack White as well as Adele to their name

Rolling in the cash: Adele label’s owners pay themselves £24m

XL Recordings founders Richard Russell and partner Martin Mill's counts Radiohead, The Prodigy and Jack White as well as Adele to their name

Kanye West performing with Charlie Wilson on Later…With Jools Holland

Adele praises Kanye West's performance on Jools Holland in rare tweet

'Rolling in the Deep' singer offers the rapper a rare Twitter endorsement

From Russia with love: Russian military choir perform Adele's Skyfall

A video of a Russian Military choir giving an impassioned rendition of the theme tune to Skyfall, has gone viral after James Bond’s traditional adversaries performed on breakfast TV in St Petersburg.

Musicians John Paul White and Joy Williams of The Civil Wars

Page 3 Profile: The Civil Wars, folk duo

Not the most auspicious name for a band.

Adele (right) and The Civil Wars (left): The British singer has endorsed the American folk act on her Twitter and their new album is set to hit No 1 in the UK charts

Rolling in the tweet? Adele sends folk duo The Civil Wars to the top of the charts with Twitter endorsement

She’s been named one of the world’s 100 most influential people and now Adele is flexing her power. An album by gothic folk duo The Civil Wars is heading for number one after the star urged her 16 million Twitter followers to buy it.

Jessie J said she'd like Adele or Emile Sandé to replace her on The Voice

Jessie J reveals she wants Adele or Emile Sandé to replace her on The Voice

Jessie J has revealed she would like Adele or Emile Sandé to replace her on The Voice following her departure from the BBC series.

Chris Martin of Coldplay

Coldplay come top of the Brits on Forbes' celebrity power list as Oprah Winfrey ranked highest overall

Chart stars Coldplay are the highest ranked Brits on an annual global celebrity power list - as top-selling singer Adele plummets from the top 100 entirely.

Still from YouTube's most-watched video in the UK - 'Charlie bit my finger - again!'

YouTube's top five most-viewed videos in the UK, as the site turns eight

It's hard to believe it, but it's internet giant YouTube's eighth birthday today.

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