Jumping for joy: Sharpshooting Olympian celebrates MBE

Sir Quentin Blake was knighted by the Prince of Wales today after a career spanning 64 years, but in some ways a mere knighthood was a demotion for one of Britain's best loved children's illustrators.

Sir Quentin Blake proudly holds his Knighthood
Sir Quentin Blake proudly holds his Knighthood Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Prince dubbed the 80-year-old illustrator a knight during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony - but the new Sir Quentin joked that the new title was a step down from his standing in some countries:

It's a huge surprise in one way and in another I've got used to it.

I'm published a lot in France and Europe generally and a lot of them assume that I am one, in fact there was a broadcast on French radio that referred to me as Lord Quentin all the way through.

– Sir Quentin Blake

Sir Quentin was not the only one who was pleased to receive a gong. A number of gold medal winners from last year's Olympic and Paralympic Games were recognised during the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony and sharp shooter Peter Wilson was particularly happy with his MBE.

Jumping for joy: Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Wilson with his parents and girlfriend at Buckingham Palace
Jumping for joy: Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Wilson with his parents and girlfriend at Buckingham Palace Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Wilson, who claimed top honours in the double trap shooting competition at London 2012, leapt into the air with his family around him after he was given his award.

Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Wilson
Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Wilson Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Amateur boxer Anthony Joshua, who won super-heavyweight gold at the Olympics in London will also receive an MBE.

Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Joshua proudly holds his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal
Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Joshua proudly holds his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Britain's LTA mixed coxed fours, who won Paralympic gold at London 2012, will be awarded MBEs for services to their sport.

The winning rowing team were David Smith, James Roe, Naomi Riches, Pam Relph and cox Lily van den Broecke.

Coach of British Rowing Paul Thompson
Coach of British Rowing Paul Thompson Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire