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Carl Frampton's proud parents to be at his side for MBE at Buckingham Palace

By Amanda Ferguson

Carl Frampton will be joined by his biggest fan when he receives his MBE at Buckingham Palace - his mum.

The world champion boxer will receive the honour, watched by his proud mum Flo, dad Craig and Billy McKee, his amateur coach from his childhood days at Midland Boxing Club in Tiger's Bay.

Frampton's wife Christine is missing out as they don't want to take their daughter Carla out of school and she will also be looking after the couple's baby son Rossa. Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph ahead of the special occasion, The Jackal said he was hoping to receive the honour from Prince Harry, because he's "a good lad".

The 29-year-old north Belfast man - who unified the IBF and WBA super-bantamweight titles last month following a win over Scott Quigg in front of a sell-out crowd in Manchester - was thrilled to learn he would be getting a Royal honour for services to boxing.

It comes just days after his good friend, Olympic boxing bronze medallist Paddy Barnes, had been poking fun at him about not having one.

"I am very honoured and shocked to get it," Frampton said. "I brought my ma, my da and Billy McKee. The missus wasn't able to go because Carla is in school and we are on our own in Banbridge."

Frampton started boxing aged seven and it was Midland ABC mentor Billy McKee who spotted his potential. "It's important to have him there," Frampton said. "He started the journey. My parents seem to be happy enough. They take everything in their stride, like me. I am sure they are proud."

The boxer took himself down to see Chris Suitor of Suitor Menswear in Belfast city centre at the weekend to get fitted for a new suit for the event in London. "Suitor has been looking after me," he said.

"He's a great lad. He's become a bit of a friend."

Legendary Belfast singer/songwriter Van Morrison also wore a suit from Suitor Menswear when he picked up his knighthood in February. "He's the only man Chris has to go to to fit," Frampton said. "I go to the shop but Van the Man, Chris goes to him."

And admitting he hopes Prince Harry with present his MBE, Carl said: "I've met him twice and he was a good lad, nice and friendly."

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