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Athlete to be honoured at Buckingham Palace

Essex gymnast and Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock receives MBE. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock is to receive his MBE at Buckingham Palace later today.

The athlete from Pitsea near Basildon in Essex made history when he won gold in Rio on the floor, doubling his tally less than two hours later with victory on the pommel horse.