Here’s a picture of Alistair Brownlee getting an MBE from The Queen. Brownlee won gold at the London Olympics in the triathlon.
Swimming, plus cycling, plus running, equals gold, all at his home Olympics. Impressive stuff, and that could have got him a knighthood at other times, but the British haul of gold was so large at London 2012 that an MBE was his honour.
Fair enough, and good luck to him I say.
Here’s another picture, of Ben Ainslie.
That’s Sir Ben Ainslie now, having received a knighthood after also winning gold at London 2012. That’s in addition to wining gold at the previous 3 Olympics!
That knighthood was always on the cards, but whereas Alistair got his MBE from The Queen, Ben got his knighthood from…Princess Anne.
Now, The Queen was ill, otherwise she would have done it, but Princess Anne? There she was, in her pretend naval uniform, First Admiral of knitting, or whatever it is. I mean come on, bless her socks (knitted), but she’s not exactly ‘A’ division Royal is she?
Why not go the whole hog and get Sarah Ferguson to do it? At least that would have made it memorable. Or why not go all the way and dig Diana up to do it?
Poor old Ben.