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It's another medal win for golden girl Mary Peters

By Tony Jones

Published 20/05/2015

Dame Mary Peters holds aloft the insignia of the Order of the Companions of Honour, awarded for services to sport and the community
Dame Mary Peters holds aloft the insignia of the Order of the Companions of Honour, awarded for services to sport and the community

Northern Ireland's Olympic golden girl Dame Mary Peters has joined the ranks of individuals such as Stephen Hawking and Sir David Attenborough by being made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour.

The Duke of Cambridge conferred the honour, for Dame Mary's services to sport and the community in Northern Ireland, on the 75-year-old at a Windsor Castle ceremony yesterday.

Speaking about her conversation with William, she said: "He mentioned the fact his father is in Ireland on a significant visit and he thanked me for what I'd done for Northern Ireland. This is a wonderful honour. I'm so thrilled to have it."

The honour is conferred on people who have performed service of national importance.

Dame Mary had previously met the Queen when, during her last week as Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, she hosted the monarch on her visit to the city last June.

The former athlete said: "It was my final week as Lord Lieutenant as you have to retire at 75, and we took the Queen to the Game Of Thrones (set). She was so well received. It was wonderful."

Dame Mary won gold in the pentathlon at the 1972 Olympics and was made a dame in 2000. Her victory helped to unite Northern Ireland during the difficult times of the Troubles.

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