British Olympians Honoured In London & Manchester

Nick Skelton waits in line with Justin Rose to meet the Duchess of Cambridge

Thursday 20 October - 09h50 | Lulu Kyriacou

British Olympians Honoured In London & Manchester

Britain's Olympic riders were part of a huge celebration this week to honour their acheivements which culminated in a party at Buckingham Palace hosted by HM The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.  

 - British Olympians Honoured In London & Manchester

Spencer Wilton, Fiona Bigwood and Nick Skelton in Trafalgar Square
Credit : Natasha Baker via Facebook

Victory parades were held in Manchester and then London through both cities so the public could cheer on the athletes who made the Rio Olympics such a success for Great Britain. Having paraded through the streets meeting the public, the next stop was Buckingham Palace for a royal appointment.

​The Queen spent time speaking with members of the team and was spotted deep in conversation with show jumper Nick Skelton, who won individual show jumping gold aged 58 at his seventh Games.

She's very knowledgeable about all equestrian sports and she can tell me a thing or two,” he said. "The Queen was asking about Big Star and we were talking about her horse Dartmouth, who ran on Sunday in Canada.It makes you so proud to be British because only Britain would do all of this for its medal winners."  ​Skelton  has lots in common with Her Majesty as his son's are heavily involved in Nationa Hunt racing, which the Queen actively follows and owns several jumping horses as does her son Prince Charles. She is also a major owner and breeder within flat racing and as Skelton alluded to above, came within inches of winning a championship race in Canada at the weekend with her Ascot winning filly Dartmouth.

​Paralympian Natasha Baker MBE was equaly enthusiasic abut the day on her Facebook page where she posted  several images and said "The best two days at the Manchester and London Parade's! Cannot thank everybody enough for their support and braving the cold and rain. It really has been so special and something that we will treasure forever."

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