Take That will Never Forget their milestone 21 gigs at The O2 after they were presented with a commemorative key to the iconic venue.

Now a three-piece, the boy group-turned-manband smashed Prince’s previous record for the highest number of gigs by an act in the North Greenwich venue.

Their achievement was equalled by the band on the ninth show of a residency of 10, which will finish on June 19 with their 22nd concert.

Elements of the band’s latest artwork have been combined to create the key which will be kept on the walk to The O2 stage.

A band statement read: “We’ve loved each and every performance at The O2 and this run of 10 nights has been particularly special.

“We’re delighted that so many people have had the chance to see us and this award is for each and every one of them.

“Thanks to everyone involved in making our performances what they are and of course to The O2 team for the key to the venue, it means a lot.”

The band’s previous appearances include eight sell-out shows in 2008 and a New Year’s Eve performance, a position in 2014’s Jingle Bell Ball line-up and featuring at both the 2011 and 2015 BRIT Awards.

The O2’s general manager Rebecca Kane Burton added: “We want to celebrate hitting the magic 21 and the keys to the world’s most popular music venue seemed a fitting tribute to one of this country’s best loved bands.”