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Royal recognition for our Olympians

The Duchess of Cambridge chats with Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin at Buckingham Palace Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic heroes were celebrated tonight at a glittering Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen.

Star sportsmen and women who won gold for the nation during the summer of sport were invited to the palace to mark their achievements.

The athletes arrived in their official Team GB formal wear of suits, which included a special inside pocket for their medals.

Among them were Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin from Gloucestershire who won gold in the Team Dressage event. Charlotte went on to become individual champion two days later.

The Princess Royal meets dressage gold medallists Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Also recognised were Helen Glover from Penzance and Heather Stanning from Yeovil who won the first gold medals of Team GB's campaign. Here's a clip of the rowers meeting the Queen.

Stephanie Millward from Wiltshire, who has MS, won an astonishing five medals at the Paralympics. The former Corsham School student, who took four silver medals and one bronze medal in the swimming events.

The Queen looks amazed by the six medals around the neck of Paralympic swimmer Stephanie Millward Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Also present at the reception was the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, who lives in Cheltenham. She was part of Great Britain's silver medal-winning team but also took the opportunity to help introduce her fellow competitors to her grandmother.

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