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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."

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson receives his MBE

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, who survived the worst ever battlefield injuries in Afghanistan, has received his MBE from the Prince of Wales.

He was awarded for his services to raising money for military charities.

Paratrooper's Olympic relay moment moved many

Crowds cheer on Torchbearer 050 Ben Parkinson as he carries the Olympic Flame in Doncaster. Credit: PA/LOCOG

When Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson took a turn in carrying the Olympic flame through his hometown of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, last year, the sight of the determined soldier on his prosthetic legs moved many to tears and was declared one of the most emotional scenes of the relay.

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Soldier with Afghanistan's 'worst injuries' to get MBE

Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson pictured meeting the Queen in 2008. Credit: PA

A soldier thought to have survived the worst ever battlefield injuries in Afghanistan will be made an MBE by the Prince of Wales today.

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