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Blairs 'receive' puppies that 'gave comfort to Thatcher'

Tony and Cherie Blair have been given two of the dachshund puppies that gave comfort to Margaret Thatcher in her final hours, reports the Telegraph.

Tony Blair and wife Cherie attend Margaret Thatcher's funeral. Credit: PA

The Blairs are said to be acquiring the puppies that were among the new litter belonging to Baroness Thatcher’s former private secretary Lord Charles Powell.

Lord Powell showed Baroness Thatcher a video of the puppies on his iPad when he visited her at the Ritz Hotel in her final hours, and which he said prompted “her last smile”.

The late Baroness Thatcher. Credit: PA

The puppies are owned by Lord Powell’s wife Carla, who helped deliver them two months ago, and the couple decided to give them away.

Lady Powell said Cherie agreed a month ago that she would take two of the litter and during Lady Thatcher's funeral they spoke again, according to reports.


Cycling chief Dave Brailsford knighted by Queen

British Cycling performance director and principal of Team Sky, Dave Brailsford, has received his knighthood today.

Sir Dave Brailsford receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: PA

Sir David led Britain to eight cycling gold medals for a second successive Olympics and Team Sky to an historic one-two in the Tour de France.

The investiture took place at Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA

He receives his knighthood for services to cycling and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Brailsford shows off his medal outside the Palace. Credit: Nicky Russell-Smith

Olympic heroes arrive at Buckingham Palace

Olympic gold medallists Jessica Ennis, Nicola Adams and Greg Rutherford have arrived at Buckingham Palace to receive their honours.

London 2012 poster girl Jessica Ennis is collecting her CBE. Credit: ITV News
Nicola Adams (right), the first woman to win an Olympic gold boxing title, is receiving an MBE. Credit: ITV News
Long jumper Greg Rutherford (right) picks up his MBE. Credit: ITV News

Olympians looking forward to receiving honours


First female Olympic boxing champion gets MBE

Team GB boxer Nicola Adams to be honoured by the Queen Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Great Britain’s first female Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams will be amongst other Olympians receiving honours from the Queen today.

Nicola Adams won the first ever Olympic Women’s Boxing Gold Medal at the London 2012 Games.

Bletchley Park codebreaker to receive MBE

Codebreaker Raymond Roberts will receive an MBE today for his services to the WWII decryption centre and codebreaking.

One of the court founder members of the Testery section at Bletchley, he was tasked with breaking the German High Command's Tunny code.

Captain Raymond Roberts, a Second World War codebreaker who will receive an MBE Credit: Bletchley Park Trust/PA Wire

The decryptions are credited to helping shorten the war by at least two years.

Captain Roberts worked at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, until the end of the war, he is now the last survivor of the nine cryptanalysts who worked on Tunny.

Raymond "Jerry" Roberts receives and MBE Credit: Bletchley Park Trust/PA Wire

He has spent the last four years campaigning for acknowledgement of his colleagues.

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