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Hamilton receives royal honour


F1 racer Lewis Hamilton topped off his steller season by being inducted into the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II

The induction ranks Hamilton at the entry level of the Order, with the title of member, or MBE.

As a guest of Her Majesty The Queen, Lewis visited Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday to be officially awarded an MBE. While the announcement was first made in the Queen's New Year's Honours List back in December, Lewis joined around 120 others as Her Majesty officially oversaw the investiture in the Palace's State Ballroom.

Afterwards, an elated Lewis said: "To go to the Palace today and meet Her Majesty The Queen was an incredible experience, following what has been an intense, exciting and unbelievable 12 months of my life.

"I'm so proud of the reception I have received from everybody in the United Kingdom. People's enthusiasm and support - even during the tough times - really kept me going and helped me through an extremely demanding year.

"To be recognised alongside the people who make an outstanding and selfless contribution to society, is truly humbling and I'd like to thank Her Majesty The Queen, her Government and the British public for bestowing this honour on me. I'd also like to thank my family for sharing my dream and helping to make it a reality. Last but not least, I'd also like to thank my team - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - for taking a chance on me when I was 13 years old. I still can't believe I'm in Formula 1 and that I'm now a World Champion - it's incredible."


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