Louis Smith MBE: 'One of the proudest days of my life'
13 February 2013 Last updated at 14:13 GMT
Stars of the Olympic and Paralympic Games were among those who received honours at Buckingham Palace.
Gymnast Louis Smith, from Peterborough, was awarded an MBE for winning a bronze medal in the men's team competition and a silver on the pommel horse, at last year's games.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Smith explained that his entire experience had been an "absolute dream".