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Rower Sophie Hosking collects her gong

Sophie Hosking won gold in the Lightweight Women's Double Scull at London 2012. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Sophie Hosking, from Wimbledon, was also awarded an MBE for services to rowing.

The athlete, who won gold in the Lightweight Women's Double Scull at London 2012, learned to row at school in Kingston and now trains at the London Rowing Club in Putney.

London traffic almost ruins Paralympian's MBE moment

Paralympic champion Natasha Baker almost didn't make it in time to receive her MBE this morning.

She tweeted from her car on the M4, panicking about the traffic. But thankfully she got to Buckingham Palace in time to receive her gong from the Queen.


Stuck in traffic on M4 on my way to collect my #MBE . Any police around to give me an escort?!


Tempted to get Jordan (scooter) out and drive to Buck Pal! Think she would be faster than this traffic! Don't think I'm going to get there!


Louis forgets Buckingham Palace invite

Olympic silver-medallist Louis Smith has revealed on Twitter that he turned up at Buckingham Palace without his invitation.

The gymnast, who trains in Basildon in Essex, blamed his manager for forgetting it.

Smith will be presented with an MBE today.


Hahaha not the greatest start. @gabstone9 forgot our invites to Buckingham palace. Not quite as easy getting in as a school disco #oops


Today is the day I become Louis Smith M.B.E ooooooo exciting times

Natasha adds an honour to medals

Para-Equestrian Natasha Baker from Uxbridge in West London, will head to Buckingham Palace later today to receive an MBE.

She will be joined by Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, London-based rower and gold medallist Sophie Hosking and Deborah Hale, who masterminded the Olympic torch relay.

Natasha, who won two gold medals in dressage events in the Paralympic Games last summer, updated her website to say "excited is an understatement", ahead of her trip to the palace.


Louis Smith 'proud' to be receiving MBE today

Gymnast Louis Smith will join fellow Olympians today at Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE.

The gymnast also won BBC's Strictly Come Dancing Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

After winning a silver and bronze medal in the London 2012 Olympics, he said being chosen for the honour was the proudest moment of his life.

Read: British men's gymnast team qualify for Olympic finals for first time in 88 years

Following the Olympics, Smith won BBC dance series Strictly Come Dancing.

Read: Louis Smith crowned king of Strictly Come Dancing

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