Olympic Games - Ben Ainslie knighted as Olympic heroes receive honours

Lord Sebastian Coe was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, while sailor Ben Ainslie was knighted by the Princess Royal in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

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Lord Coe received the award for helping to stage the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games last summer, attending an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

He joins a prestigious list of people to have been given the honour including physicist Stephen Hawking, naturalist Sir David Attenborough and artist David Hockney.

Ainslie, who won his fifth Olympic sailing medal and fourth successive gold at London 2012, was also knighted during the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Fellow Olympic champion and three-time silver medallist Katherine Grainger received her CBE while Charlotte Dujardin, who won two equestrian golds at London 2012, received her OBE. Paralympian David Weir was awarded a CBE.

And Lord Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association, admitted he wouldn't have been at Buckingham Palace without the help and support of others.

"It's a lovely honour and I'm deeply flattered but it is really signal recognition for the extraordinary work of so many people," said Lord Coe.

"Our teams at Locog, the most talented, focused people I've ever worked with – passionate people – but also the people of Britain whose generosity of spirit helped get us across the line.

"The thing that always makes me most proud is the community effort that went into this, whether the teams at Locog or the armed services during the Games themselves, all our volunteers, our business and commercial partners – everybody played a part."

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