Yorkshire athletes honoured

Jessica Ennis and Nicola Adams are being honoured by the Queen for their contributions to sport.

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Royal award for "Queen of the Ring"

Nicola Adams with her MBE Credit: Press Association

The queen of the ring met the Queen of the realm as Leeds boxer Nicola Adams collected her MBE at Buckingham Palace.

The fighter ended 2012 as the first female to win an Olympic boxing gold medal and was awarded her MBE in the New Year Honours list.

Wearing Kurt Geiger shoes and a black Phillip Lim jacket for her big day, she said:

"Today I just didn't want to get anything wrong meeting the Queen and receiving my MBE.

"I think it was a bit of a mixture of excitement and nerves rolled into one.

"Usually I'll listen to music and my friends but today I was talking to some of other guests receiving honours and they were just as nervous as I was. We were all calming each other down."

She has become one of the most in-demand stars of Team GB's success at the London 2012 Olympics and now hopes to compete at Rio 2016.

Nicola Adams gets an MBE

Golden girls Jess Ennis and Nicola Adams have both been at Buckingham Palace this morning where the Queen was honouring some of the members of Team GB. Sheffield's Olympic heptathlon champion Jess admitted she was 'nervous' ahead of receiving a CBE.

Flyweight boxing gold medallist Nicola, from Leeds, was awarded an MBE and said she was 'over the moon'.


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Olympic heroes arrive at Buckingham Palace

Olympic gold medallists Jessica Ennis, Nicola Adams and Greg Rutherford have arrived at Buckingham Palace to receive their honours.

London 2012 poster girl Jessica Ennis is collecting her CBE. Credit: ITV News
Nicola Adams (right), the first woman to win an Olympic gold boxing title, is receiving an MBE. Credit: ITV News
Long jumper Greg Rutherford (right) picks up his MBE. Credit: ITV News


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