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Pendleton and McCartney receive their honours

Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton has been awarded a CBE by the Queen during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Cyclist Victoria Pendleton receiving her CBE from the Queen today. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Pendleton retired after the London 2012, but her haul of titles stands at two Olympic gold medals, nine golds from the World Championships and podium-topping results in the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

Designer Stella McCartney also received an honour today - an OBE for services to fashion.

Designer Stella McCartney receiving her OBE from the Queen. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

McCartney, who designed Team GB's kit for the London 2012 Olympics, said before the ceremony she felt "really proud and really excited and honoured".

Pendleton 'very proud' ahead of CBE award honour

Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton with her fiance Scott Gardner at Buckingham Palace. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton said she was "excited" and "very proud" as she arrived at Buckingham Palace to receive her CBE from the Queen.

Pendleton will receive the award following a glittering career as a track cyclist that saw her win gold in the keirin event during London 2012.

Pendleton, who arrived with her fiance Scott Gardner, said before she ceremony began, "I'm really excited to be here, I feel very, very proud to be receiving this award. I'm really, really looking forward to it".

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Victoria Pendleton to receive CBE at Buckingham Palace

Victoria Pendleton to receive CBE at Buckingham Palace Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Queen of British cycling Victoria Pendleton will receive an CBE today at Buckingham Palace. Victoria, from Stotfold in Bedfordshire has won 9 World Championship titles, 2 Commonwealth medals and of course 3 Olympic medals, two Gold and one Silver.

She will receive her award alongside triathlete Alistair Brownlee and fashion designer Stella McCartney.


Pendleton: Strictly 'definitely appeals to me'

Victoria Pendleton won gold and silver medals at London 2012. Credit: PA

Gold medallist Victoria Pendleton has said she would love to swap skinsuits for sequins and have a spin around the floor on Strictly Come Dancing.

The Olympic track cycling star said she is looking for some glamour as she turns her back on the velodrome and would be "very interested" in taking part in the BBC1 show.

Pendleton, 31, told ITV1's Lorraine show:

"If they do ring me I'd be very interested, I have to say," she said.

"The idea of being very glamorous, it definitely appeals to me. After wearing Lycra suits and tracksuits for so long and not a lot of make-up I think, yeah, that would be good fun."

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