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Gold Medal winners honoured by the queen


By Mandy Thomson

Jessica_Ennis_wins_1560878aHeptathlon gold winner Jessica Ennis arrived at Buckingham Palace this morning to be honoured by the Queen with a CBE.

The 27-year-old arrived with her fiancé Andy Hill to receive the accolade and was among the many athletes at the palace who were receiving royal accolades.

A flourish of team GB athletes have been honoured with MBEs after their memorable performances in the 2012 Olympic games.

Long jump gold champion Greg Rutherford and boxing victor Nicola Adams arrived at the palace very excited about their awards and spoke of how doing well at the Olympics was a dream come true.

Rutherford, 26, who landed gold in the long jump, spoke of his excitement at being awarded the MBE.

He said: “I am very excited and very nervous as well. It’s not every day you get to do something like this and meet the Queen. The heart’s racing a bit.

“You dream of doing well at an Olympics, especially a home Olympics, and then the things that come along after that are just absolutely out of this world.It really is just extraordinary.”

Adams said she was ‘very excited’ as she arrived at the palace, looking stylish in a black Phillip Lim Jacket and Kurt Geiger shoes. She said: “I am over the moon and can’t believe I’m receiving this today.”

Also receiving awards for their performance at London 2012 are double 2012 cycling champion Jason Kenny, who will receive his OBE with team-mate and team pursuit gold medallist Joanna Rowsell, 24, who is being awarded an MBE.

British Cycling performance director and principal of Team Sky, David Brailsford, will receive his knighthood for his performance of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.


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