Home honour for Olympians

A host of Olympic and Paralympic stars who set London's games alight last year will receive honours at Buckingham Palace today in recognition of their achievements.

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Royal honour for 2012 stars

Cyclist Laura Trott receives her OBE medal from the Prince of Wales Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Prince Charles recognised Laura Trott as he presented the 21 year old with her OBE, saying the athletes had done "really good" work at the London 2012 Games. He asked her if she had to watch what she ate. Trott, still smiling, replied: "No I ate Maltesers."

Cyclist Laura Trott with members of the Yeoman of the Guard Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

She said she was nervous but excited about the day, "there is no pressure in this and I got to see my mum Glenda getting ready to go to Buckingham Palace which is not the sort of thing that happens every day." Laura began cycling with her mother, who took up the sport to lose weight.

Cyclist Laura Trott after receiving her OBE medal Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Trott, 21, made a stunning Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games where she rode away to gold in the omnium and team pursuit.

The dominance of the world-beating trio of Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell, has seen them break the record six consecutive times in the team pursuit.

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