King of the track Sir Mo Farah has officially received his knighthood today.

The four-time Olympic champion is being honoured at Buckingham Palace for his services to athletics.

Sir Mo, who called time on his track career at the end of the summer, is moving back to London from the United States to concentrate on running road marathons.

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On the news of the knighthood Sir Mo, who came to the UK from Somalia as a boy, said: “I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight.”


Also due to receive an honour at the palace on Tuesday is Delia Smith, who will become a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to cookery.

Rosa Monckton, a friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be made an MBE for voluntary and charitable services to people with learning difficulties and their families in the UK and abroad.

Model Erin O’Connor will be honoured with an MBE for services to fashion and charity, and actress Patricia Hodge will be given an OBE for services to drama.


The following Nigerians have also been honoured in the Queens Honours list this year

  • Ms Helen Folasade Adu, OBE. Singer, Songwriter and Composer. For services to Music. (London)
  • Mrs Tosanbanmi Efua Eva Williams has been appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) for her service as the Deputy Communications Secretary to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
  • Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, OBE. Formerly chief executive, The Place. For services to Dance. (London)
  • Miss Ogheneruona Mercy Iguyovwe. Senior Specialist Prosecutor International Justice and Organised Crime Division, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to Law and Order. (Loughton, Essex)
  • Miss Chinyere Adah (Chi-chi) Nwanoku, MBE. Musician. For services to Music. (London)
  • Ms Maureen Okoye MBE. Headteacher Davies Lane Primary School, Leytonstone, London. For services to Education. (London)
  • Ms Olufunke (Akindolie) Abimbola MBE. For services to Diversity in the Legal Profession and to Young People. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)
  • Ms Ndidi Ekubia MBE. For services to Silversmithing. (Camberley, Surrey)
  • Ms Adetola Kunle-Hassan MBE. Founder Nubian Skin. For services to Fashion. (London)
  • Miss Eunice Olumide MBE. For services to Broadcasting The Arts and charity. (Edinburgh)
  • Oladele Woye MBE. Executive Officer Department for Work and Pensions. For services to the Department for Work and Pensions and to the community in East London. (London)
  • Mrs Patricia Obiageli Aiyenuro. BEM For services to Sport in the London Borough of Camden.
  • Olayinka Idris Bada BEM. Designated Detention Officer Metropolitan Police. For services to Policing. (London)


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