Honours from the Palace

Afghan veteran Ben Parkinson and Paralympians Hannah Cockroft and Ollie Hynd are amongst those being honoured at Buckingham Palace today

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Ben Parkinson receives an MBE

Ben Parkinson has collected his MBE from Buckingham Palace today.

Prince Charles described the paratrooper from Doncaster as inspirational for the way he's fought back from the brink of death to take on so many gruelling challenges.

He was given his honour for his charity work, raising thousands for his injured comrades. Today Ben typically ignored palace officials advice to accept his award in a wheelchair. David Hirst reports.


Ben Parkinson receives his MBE

Doncaster war hero Ben Parkinson has received his MBE from Prince Charles in recognition of his services to charity. He's the most seriously wounded soldier to survive the war in Afghanistan - and has raised thousands of pounds to help other injured comrades.


Ben Parkinson on MBE: 'It made me feel so proud'

A soldier who survived the worst ever battlefield injuries in Afghanistan said he was moved to be described as an "inspiration" by the Prince of Wales as he made him an MBE today.

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson lost both legs and suffered more than 40 injuries, including brain damage which affected his memory and speech, in a bomb attack in 2006.

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson at the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Speaking moments after receiving the honour at Buckingham Palace, he said: "I was surprised at how much Prince Charles knew about me.

"He said I was an inspiration. It made me feel so proud."


Honours from the Palace

Ben Parkison on Arctic trek Credit: Calendar news

Afghan veteran Ben Parkinson from Doncaster picks up his MBE at Buckingham Palace today. He's said to be the most severely injured soldier to survive the conflict, but has made miraculous progress and now devotes himself to raising money for charity.

Also being honoured today are Paralympians Hannah Cockroft from Halifax and Ollie Hynd from Mansfield.

Halifax's Hannah Cockroft Credit: Calendar news
Mansfield's Ollie Hynd Credit: Calendar news