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Louis Smith and Pat Rice receive MBEs

Medals of honour: Team GB heroes Smith, Baker and Hosking and Arsenal legend Pat Rice given gongs by the Queen

team were today honoured at Buckingham Palace by the Queen.

Gymnast Louis Smith, who scooped silver on the pommel horse and bronze in the men's team competition, described being awarded the MBE as 'the proudest moment of his life', but risked being turned away when he showed up having forgot his invitation.

He tweeted: 'Hahaha not the greatest start. @gabstone9 forgot our invites to Buckingham palace. Not quite as easy getting in as a school disco #oops

Member of the British Empire: Team GB gymnast Louis Smith is honoured by the Queen

Member of the British Empire: Team GB gymnast Louis Smith is honoured by the Queen

Sophie Hosking

Pat Rice

Rowing and football: Sophie Hosking and Pat Rice's respective contributions were also honoured

Dressed to impress: Louis Smith MBE with Arlene Phillips CBE at Buckingham Palace

Dressed to impress: Louis Smith MBE with Arlene Phillips CBE at Buckingham Palace

'Today is the day I become Louis Smith M.B.E ooooooo exciting times'

Natasha Baker, who was also honoured
for winning two gold medals in dressage at the Paralympics said the
occasion was 'absolutely incredible', but had earlier tweeted in a panic
over her fear of missing the ceremony.

Baker had been stuck in traffic on the M4 but eventually made it to Buckingham Palace on time. 'Stuck in traffic on M4 on my way to collect my #MBE . Any police around to give me an escort!' she tweeted.

Louis Smith

Britain's Natasha Baker

Olympians: Louis Smith and Natasha Baker were among Team GB's most impressive performers at the Games

'Tempted to get Jordan (scooter) out and drive to Buck Pal! Think she would be faster than this traffic! Don't think I'm going to get there!'

Sophie Hosking, winner of gold in lightweight women's double sculls, was presented with an MBE at the investiture ceremony.

Pat Rice

Rob McCracken

In their element: Pat Rice (centre) with the FA Cup won at Arsenal at his peak and boxing guru Rob McCracken

British Amateur Boxing Association performance director Rob McCracken, who overlooked a haul of five boxing medals at London 2012, also receives the MBE, as was former Arsenal assistant manager Pat Rice, who spent 44 years at the club, winning seven trophies as a coach.

Alastair Cook picks up MBE from Queen

From Ashes to the Palace… Cook accepts MBE from Queen after England heroics

England’s Ashes hero Alastair Cook was presented with an MBE by the Queen for his outstanding performance against Australia during the famous cricket series.

The opening batsman’s prolific scoring helped the national team crush their opposition Down Under last winter. England thrashed their opponents 3-1 – their first victory in Australia for 24 years.

Well done, lad: The Queen presents Alastair Cook with his MBE

Well done, lad: The Queen presents Alastair Cook with his MBE

Cook, 26, scored an incredible 766 runs in seven innings to anchor that victory and went past 5,000 Test runs – the second youngest batsman to reach the impressive total after India’s master player, Sachin Tendulkar.

The sportsman was presented with the honour at a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony and afterwards highlighted that the national side are now the world’s number one Test team.

He said: “It’s been a fantastic couple of years for the England cricket team and for me to be here and get the MBE is an honour – I feel very humble to be given it.

“We’ve achieved some fantastic things – the aim now is to try and continue that success.”

Delight: Cook receives his gong at Buckingham Palace

Delight: Cook receives his gong at Buckingham Palace

The left-hander followed in the footsteps of England captain Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower, England’s cricket coach, who have both received OBEs for their efforts in guiding the national team to victory against the Aussies.

Cook added: “We’ve had fantastic leadership under Andy Flower and Andy Strauss, and we’ve been outstanding. The aim now is to maintain that.

“Everyone is desperately determined to continue to remain at the top and a lot of hard work is needed and we’re going to have to scrap very hard in a lot of games. We’ve got a lot of confidence from what we’ve achieved but hopefully it’s not the end of it.”

Cook described his best Ashes moment as the fall of the last wicket in Australia”s second innings in the final Test, which meant victory in the series.

He said: “When Chris Tremlett got the final wicket, all that hard work had paid off, and to have contributed in such an important series meant a lot. As an Englishman playing against Australians in Australia, it was great to win.”

Jubilant: Cook and Tim Bresnan celebrate winning the Ashes

Jubilant: Cook and Tim Bresnan celebrate winning the Ashes

Cook is a former choirboy who attended St Paul”s Cathedral School before gaining a scholarship to Bedford School where his talent for cricket was nurtured and soon after leaving he joined Essex County Cricket Club.

Cook began his Test career with a second innings century in Nagpur, India, in March 2006, demonstrating a prodigious talent which has enabled him to notch up 19 centuries at Test match level.

The batsman has become a stalwart of the national team despite a lean spell which almost cost him his place in the squad ahead of the Ashes. But he flew out to Australia and gave a performance with the bat which proved the critics wrong.

In the second innings of the first Ashes Test in November 2010, Cook notched up 235 not out – the sixth best total by an Englishman in the history of the series.

The runs kept flowing with 148 in the second Test, 82 in the fourth and 189 in the fifth and final Ashes encounter in Sydney.

Speaking about his brief chat with the Queen during the presentation, he said: “She knew about the success over the last two years and knew where we were in the rankings, so it”s nice to know she follows cricket.”