Formula One Champion Lewis Hamilton Honored With MBE By The Queen of England

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Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton was honored with an MBE, a Member of the Order of the British Empire, by the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

“I was so nervous to meet her. It was one of the most overwhelming experiences I’ve ever had. I’m kind of lost for words,” the 24-year-old race car driver said.

Hamilton and the Queen spoke about his nail-biting race in Brazil. “The Queen said she watched very closely the last few laps. She was asking about the car,” Hamilton said. And with his next race kicking off the season in Australia at the end of the month Hamilton adds, “The pressure’s on now. She’ll be watching as I go into the first race.”

Lewis Hamilton Honored By Queen Of England With MBE Title

Lewis Hamilton has been named as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) allowing him entry into the British Order of Chivalry -one of the highest honors in England, and a few steps away from Knighthood.

“It is a massive honour and incredible privilege for me to receive an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen,” Hamilton said in a statement.

The 23 year-old race car driver became the youngest Formula One champion last month when he clinched the Brazil Grand Prix in the final nail-biting moments and has also been named runner-up Sports Personality of the Year.

“I am very fortunate to have been awarded for achieving my dream, it has required a lot of hard work and dedication, however it has been worth every single minute and I only hope that I can inspire young kids to do the same, whatever their dream may be.”

Hamilton received a personal note from the Queen congratulating him on the prestigious honor.