Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill received her formal damehood from Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.
Ennis-Hill, who retired after gold at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016 (having a baby in between), was named on Queen Elizabeth II‘s New Year’s Honors list on Dec. 30.
So were Olympic champions Andy Murray and Mo Farah, to receive knighthoods, and dame Katherine Grainger, a rowing medalist at the last five Olympics.
“Just to hear the national anthem in this kind of moment again is really special,” Ennis-Hill said Wednesday, according to British media. “I’ve so many amazing memories of standing on the podium and hearing it and to be here receiving a damehood, which I never imagined I would ever receive, is an incredible honor.”
Other British athletes to receive damehood include Kelly Holmes, the 2004 Olympic 800m and 1500m champion.
Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham also received damehood from Prince William on Wednesday.
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