Honours for sport and military

Eleven-times Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey has described being made a Dame as a "pinch yourself moment".

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Soldiers receive honours for services in Afghanistan

The former commander of 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 Scots) - commonly known as the Black Watch - has been honoured for successful operations in Afghanistan during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Colonel Edward Fenton after he received his Distinguished Service Order medal for Services in Afghanistan from the Prince of Wales. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Colonel Edward Fenton, who last year handed over command of the Black Watch at their base at Fort George in Inverness, was awarded a Distinguished Service Order in recognition of his "gallant leadership".

Corporal Sean Jones of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Regiment, was awarded a Military Cross for services in Afghanistan by the Prince of Wales.

Corporal Sean Jones of The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment was awarded a Military Cross. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Corporal Jones was honoured for leading a bayonet charge over 80 metres through enemy fire.

Paralympic and Olympic stars awarded honours

Eleven-times Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey has described being made a Dame as a "pinch yourself moment".

After receiving the award from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace today, the 35 year old said. "It's amazing. It's just so hard to put into words, the ceremony and the protocol and the whole elegance of it is just absolutely amazing".

Paralympic Gold medal winning cyclist Sarah Storey becomes a Dame during today's investiture ceremony. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Swimmer Ellie Simmonds was awarded an OBE for services to Paralympic sport. The 18 year old said although she felt nervous before the event, it was "amazing" to be honoured.

Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds with members of the Yeoman of the Guards after receiving her OBE. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Rower Kat Copeland, 22, and taekwondo star Jade Jones, 20, were awarded MBEs at the ceremony.

Olympic rower Katherine Copeland receives her MBE Prince of Wales. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Jones said, "It was a really proud moment. Prince Charles was really nice and easy to chat with. He was saying that he really enjoyed the Olympics and wished me good luck for the future".

Olympic Taekwondo gold medallist Jade Jones after receiving her MBE. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire


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