England Women's captain Steph Houghton has received an MBE during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
The 28-year-old, from Durham, had been named in the Queen's New Year Honours list and was given her award today for services to women's football.
Speaking earlier in the year about her MBE award, the Manchester City Women's captain said:
A headed goal from Berwick's Lucy Bronze helped put England into the Semi-Finals of the Women's World Cup after a 2-1 win over host nation Canada in Vancouver.
Bronze, 23, put the Lionesses 2-0 up inside 14 minutes after Jodie Taylor's goal after 3 minutes had given England a dream start.
Lionesses Captain Steph Houghton, from Durham, also featured in the match at BC Place Stadium.
England now face reigning World Champions Japan in the Semi-Finals at the Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton on July 1.
Two north east girls have fired England through to the quarter finals of the women's World Cup.
Steph Houghton from County Durham and Lucy Bronze from Northumberland got the goals as England came from behind to beat Norway 2-1 and set up a quarter final against the hosts, Canada.
They were joined by fellow former Sunderland players Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott and Carly Telford, as they secured their place in the next round.
England's women will play at the new Wembley for the first time today.
They face Germany, live on TV, in front of a sell-out crowd.
England will be led out by Captain, and former Sunderland player Steph Houghton who's originally from Durham.
55,000 tickets have been sold for the international friendly.
Germany are currently the European champions, kick off is at 3pm.
It is a historic night for women's football.
The revamped Women's Super League kicks off this evening (April 17).
The North East has two teams in the second division, Sunderland AFC Ladies and Durham Women FC, and they come face to face on opening night.
Simon O'Rourke reports.
Newcastle and Sunderland women's football teams are hoping their sport will maintain the high profile it had during the Olympics, when the new Premier League season begins this weekend.
Former Sunderland players Steph Houghton and Jill Scott were part of a GB team that made the quarter-finals and only just missed out on an Olympic medal. The crowd who watched them at Wembley Stadium was bigger than at the men's Champions League final in May.
On Sunday, Newcastle make a return to the Premier League after a season in the division below. They travel to Nottingham Forest for the first match of the season, while Sunderland travel to Portsmouth.