Tennis star Emma Raducanu has said she feels “extremely grateful” after being made an MBE by King Charles on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old beamed as she posed for pictures after accepting the honor, awarded for services to tennis, at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.
She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire after her US Open victory in 2021 made her the first British woman to win a grand slam since Virginia Wade in 1977 – and the first qualifier of any nationality to do so.
The victory over the Canadian player Leylah Fernandez came when she was just 18 and ranked number 150 in the world.
In a statement issued after the ceremony, she said: “It’s been great to receive my honor today from His Majesty the King – I feel extremely grateful.”
Dame Nia Griffith, the Labor MP who collected her honor at the same ceremony, said of Ms Raducanu: “I think it is fantastic seeing a young person [achieve] the success that she had and I think obviously now she faces that incredibly challenging situation of coping with that success and coping also with disappointment.
“And I certainly think it is wonderful to see young people being praised and being rewarded and let’s make sure we give every young person the opportunities so that they can develop their talents to the full.”
Sir Isaac Julien, the Turner prize-nominated artist and filmmaker, was also set for a knighthood for services to diversity and inclusion in art on Tuesday.
Gary Bennett, the former footballer and patron of the Show Racism The Red Card group, is among others to be made an MBE, as is former Test cricketer Hugh Morris.
The batsman has been made an MBE for services to cricket and charity.