With the success being celebrated from both the Olympics and Paralympics, the royal family personally invited the champions to Buckingham Palace last week.
Personally meeting and greeting them, The Queen congratulated Olympians from both the Olympics and Paralympics. The Paralympic team returned with 147 medals in total, made up of 64 golds, 39 silvers and 44 bronze. This turned out to be the most successful Paralympic games since that of 1988.
As well as the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Princess Royal and The Duke of York were also present at the event.
Team GB performed extremely well in the recent Olympics, acquiring more medals than in London 2012, by bringing back 67 medals; 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze – this is the best overseas performance that Team GB have ever achieved.
Paralympian Ellie Simmonds said it was “really exciting” to be at the Palace to celebrate the athlete’s success. Claiming her fifth gold in Rio, Simmonds who won the 200m medley said: “It’s great to come to the Palace which is incredible and to be honoured by the Olympics and Paralympics, it’s amazing”
Ellie Simmonds has been to the palace several times and said she was hoping to meet Prince Harry – and of course, she did!
After the true determination shown at the recent Rio Olympics and Paralympics, the nation welcomes and congratulates them.
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