Skeleton champion is honoured by the Queen

Team Bath's Lizzy Yarnold at Windsor Castle with her MBE Credit: PA

Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold has been awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to her sport.

Yarnold, who lives in Chippenham and trains at the University of Bath became a household name when she won Team GB's first gold medal of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Lizzy Yarnold celebrates winning Gold at the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year Credit: PA

She swapped her lycra suit for a black jacket and rose-petal skirt to receive her honour from the Queen during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle. The 26-year-old said she was extremely nervous about meeting the Queen but could barely stop smiling.

And she revealed that the Queen already knew all about her.

She was very warm and kind and we spoke quite freely and openly about Sochi and how wonderful the experience was.

She said she was really pleased to award me the MBE and she knew all about Sochi and the event, and had it all gone well and was it cold enough there for the event.

She seemed very knowledgeable of the sport of skeleton, and she wished me all the best of luck for the future.

– Lizzy Yarnold MBE

You can watch the moment the Queen pinned the honour on the world champion slider here:

Yarnold flies to America tomorrow to begin the defence of her World Cup title.