Gary Barlow expresses his gratitude to his fans as he celebrates his 51st birthday with a giant cake

There was cause for celebration on Thursday, as Gary Barlow marked his 51st birthday with an intimate dinner at Harry’s Bar in Mayfair. 

The Take That star, 51, took to Instagram on Friday to thank his followers for their well wishes, and to share a photo of his celebrating with his family.

Gary was snapped preparing to blow out the candles on a massive birthday cake, aptly decorated with a fondant microphone.

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Time for celebrations: Gary Barlow took to Instagram on Friday to thank his followers for their well wishes, and to share a photo of his celebrating his birthday with his family

Grateful: Gary captioned the shot: ‘Thank you so much for all the lovely Birthday wishes. We had a very small dinner with my nearest and dearest’

Gary looked handsome in a blue navy suit, while beside him, his wife Dawn looked on fondly and applauded in a flowery black dress.

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Gary captioned the shot: ‘Thank you so much for all the lovely Birthday wishes. We had a very small dinner with my nearest and dearest. 

‘We’re still not used to large gatherings so this was perfect. Thank you for the perfect night @harrysbarmayfair’.

Loved-up: Gary looked handsome in a blue navy suit, while beside him, his wife Dawn looked on fondly and applauded in a flowery black dress

Delicious: Gary was snapped preparing to blow out the candles on a massive birthday cake, aptly decorated with a fondant microphone

Gary’s followers and celebrity pals soon flooded the comments section with birthday wishes for the star.

Dawn French commented: ‘Happy birthday you total dreamboat!!!! X’

While Craig David commented: ‘Happy Birthday Gary’ following by a string of emojis.

Many happy returns! Gary’s followers and celebrity pals soon flooded the comments section with birthday wishes for the star

Birthday stay: He went away for his birthday celebrations at The Berkeley hotel in Belgravia

It’s the second celebration for the singer this month, after he celebrated his 22nd wedding anniversary to Dawn last week.

Gary paid tribute to his wife, 52, a former professional dancer, in an Instagram post that included photos taken on the day they met more than 30-years ago. 

He wrote: ‘Happy 22nd Wedding Anniversary Mrs.B. Well what a time we’ve had. So many adventures. 4 beautiful children. Here’s to the next 22 and beyond. Check out the pics of the day we first met – 1988 !!! Shocking!!!’ 

Special day: It’s the second celebration for the singer this month, after he celebrated his 22nd wedding anniversary to Dawn last week

The images in question saw Barlow flanked by two dancers – one of them his future wife – while taking part in a photoshoot that appeared to pre-date his early years with Take That. 

A more recent photo captured the celebratory mood by featuring the couple as they each raised a glass in honour of their anniversary. 

Barlow developed a relationship with Dawn after she travelled the world with Take That as a backup dancer during their Nobody Else Tour in 1995. 

Old times: He paid tribute to his wife, a former professional dancer, in an Instagram post that included photos taken on the day they met more than 30-years ago

Love: He also took to his Instagram Story to share an image of their ‘G’ and ‘D’ tattoos on their wrists 

Where it all began: The images in question saw Barlow flanked by two dancers – one of them his future wife – while taking part in a photoshoot that pre-dated his early years with Take That

They married in 2000 and now parent three children together, son Daniel, 21, and daughters Emily, 19 and Daisy, 22. 

However the couple suffered heartbreak when their fourth child, daughter Poppy, died during birth in April 2012. 

Confirming the loss in a short statement at the time, Barlow wrote: ‘Dawn and I are devastated to announce that we’ve lost our baby. 

‘Our focus now is giving [Poppy] a beautiful funeral and loving our three children with all our hearts. We’d ask at this painful time that our privacy be respected.’ 

Inseparable: Gary and Dawn married in 2000 and now parent three children (pictured together in an undated photo)