Lord Coe and other stars of the London 2012 Olympics collect awards from Buckingham Palace


Olympic honour for Seb (and co): London 2012 chief and other stars of the Games collect awards from Buckingham Palace

, said he shared the award with his talented team at Locog (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), volunteers and the enthusiastic British public.

Speaking after the ceremony, he said: ‘It’s a lovely honour and I’m deeply flattered but it is really signal recognition for the extraordinary work of so many people: 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.’

Lord Coe was recently appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association and will now help to steer another generation of athletes in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The Order of the Companions of Honour consists of the sovereign and 65 ordinary members and recognises service of national importance.

He joins an illustrious list of recipients who include scientist Professor Stephen Hawking, naturalist Sir David Attenborough and painter David Hockney.

Lord Sebastian Coe is made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour by the Princess Royal during an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London

Lord Sebastian Coe is made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour by the Princess Royal during an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London

Lord Sebastian Coe received his honour from Princess Anne, who was standing in for the Queen

Lord Coe said he shared the award with his colleagues at Locog, the Olympics volunteers and the British public

Lord Coe said he shared the award with his colleagues at Locog, the Olympics volunteers and the British public

Other Olympic and Paralympic champions receiving honours yesterday included wheelchair racer David Weir, who was was awarded a CBE after collecting a haul of gold medals at the Paralympics.
Close to tears he said: ‘It was the first time we didn’t feel disabled, we felt like athletes, we felt like Olympians – we felt like we should have been there.

‘Seeing that stadium full for morning sessions was just unbelievable, it was just a dream come true. I felt like I was dreaming all the time, I just felt ‘This is not real’. I thought someone was going to wake me up and I was going to race into an empty stadium.

‘I felt so proud to be British and we pulled that off. You’ve got to thank Seb Coe and Locog and everyone else for telling us it would be the best Paralympics ever.’

Also present was Olympic rowing champion Kath Grainger, who won Olympic gold with double sculls partner Anna Watkins after three successive silver medals.

Four-time Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie was also at Buckingham Palace today to receive his knighthood.

Ainslie won gold medals in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London, as well as a silver in Atlanta.

Another hero from last summer, David Weir, who won four gold medals in the Paralympic games received his CBE today.

Sir Ben Ainslie

David Weir

Gold medal winners from last summer, Ben Ainslie and David Weir were also at Buckingham Palace today to pick up honours. Ainslie collected his knighthood and Weir received a CBE