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.
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 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.
British Cycling performance director and principal of Team Sky, Dave Brailsford, has received his knighthood today.
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.
He receives his knighthood for services to cycling and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Olympic gold medallists Jessica Ennis, Nicola Adams and Greg Rutherford have arrived at Buckingham Palace to receive their honours.
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.
Track cyclist Jason Kenny will be amongst those receiving honours from the Queen today.
At the 2012 Olympics in London, Kenny won gold in the sprint and gold in the team sprint, with partners Chris Hoy and Philip Hindes.