Olympic and Paralympic stars meet the Queen

Britain's Olympic and Paralympic stars attended a Buckingham Palace reception with the Queen to celebrate the greatest ever overseas Games.

The sports stars returned from the Rio Games this summer with a clutch of medals.

Among the members of the Royal Family who greeted the guests on Tuesday were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Princess Royal and the Duke of York.

Earlier the streets of London were filled with people cheering the athletes in a homecoming parade, who were also greeted by thousands in Manchester on Monday.

Team GB athletes congratulated by the Queen on their greatest ever overseas Olympic Games Credit: ITV

The ParalympicsGB squad returned from Brazil with 147 medals overall, made up of 64 golds, 39 silvers and 44 bronze - their most successful Games since 1988.

Exceeding their haul from London 2012 they returned home with 67 medals overall, 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze.

Ellie Simmonds meeting the Queen for the second time at Buckingham Palace Credit: ITV

Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds, who claimed her fifth gold medal after winning the 200m medley in Rio, said: "It's great to come to the Palace which is incredible and to be honoured by the Olympics and Paralympics - it's amazing."

Speaking ahead of meeting the Royal Family gold medal-winning boxer Nicola Adams said: "It's absolutely amazing, I'm so excited. It's going to be so much fun meeting all the royals, especially the Queen."

Adams was awarded an MBE by the monarch after her success at London 2012.