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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Michael Phelps landed a second honor for his unrivaled Olympic career in a week at BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year ceremony Sunday night.
The 23-time Olympic champion was bestowed a lifetime achievement award by Prince William with Phelps’ old Australian rival Ian Thorpe to their side.
“You are one of the greatest sporting icons that sport has ever had, and your 23 gold medals, never mind all the other colors, pales into sheer superhuman history,” the prince said to Phelps on stage. “You should be so proud of your achievements. It’ll be many, many years before, if ever, anyone stands here again and calls you the greatest athlete in history. So, many, many congratulations. Hopefully your retirement gives someone else a chance now.”
Last Monday, Phelps was honored as the greatest Olympian of all time by Sports Illustrated.
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Princes Harry and William and Kate Middleton followed the Queen’s lead, making their presence at the Commonwealth Games known through photos.
The Queen memorably photobombed an Australian field hockey player’s selfie last week. Harry pulled off a photobomb at the swimming pool in Glasgow on Monday. On Tuesday, Harry, William and Kate met the star athlete attraction of the Games, Usain Bolt.
It’s not the first time Bolt has met royalty. Bolt and Harry “raced” in Jamaica in March 2012. Harry, William and Kate were also in the stands at the London Olympic Stadium for Bolt’s 100m victory at the 2012 Olympics.
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