Royal reception for London 2012 stars
Swansea-based swimmer Ellie Simmonds is among the London 2012 medallists being celebrated at a Buckingham Palace reception tonight.
Around 225 Olympic and Paralympic athletes attended the reception hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to celebrate their achievements.
The athletes arrived in their official formal wear of suits, which included a special inside pocket for their medals.
British athletes came third in the medal tables this summer, after Team GB clinched 65 medals at the Olympics while Paralympics GB claimed 120.
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British Paralympic Association chief executive Tim Hollingsworth said: “Our medallists are honoured to attend today’s royal reception, and it constitutes another memorable occasion for those who helped to make 2012 a year in which Great Britain has been so hugely proud of the achievements of our Paralympic and Olympic athletes.”
A British Olympic Association spokesman said: “In an extraordinary year that began with a celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, it is an honour for our Olympic and Paralympic medalists to be welcomed to Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty the Queen.
“We are particularly pleased that, for the first time ever, this special post-Games reception will bring together the medallists from Team GB and ParalympicsGB.”