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Soldier walks tall at royal date

A soldier who lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan as well as suffering horrific facial injuries has spoken of his joy at being able to walk to receive a gallantry award from the Queen.

Corporal Ricky Furgusson, of 4th Battalion The Rifles, said he felt honoured to be awarded the Military Cross for going to the aid of wounded comrades on four separate occasions.

Speaking after the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony, he said: "It's been a shock coming here, to be honest.

"The Queen was polite. She said she'd heard I was a brave soldier and was pleased with what I've done and what I'm doing now."

Cpl Furgusson looked immaculate in his dress uniform and wore a pair of carbon fibre legs costing £32,000, which he has been using for the last six weeks, with shiny boots.

He added: "I've been having a bit of problem with the legs not fitting properly. I've had to stuff all sorts down there to make them comfortable - even bath sponges.

"This is the first time I've worn boots, which are not easy to walk in because they tip you at an angle.

"But I still managed to walk in them up to the Queen, that's what I wanted to do and that's what I did."

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