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F1 champion Hamilton getting MBE
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton is to collect his MBE from the Queen.

The 24-year-old racing driver arrived at Buckingham Palace in a black tie and grey suit with his father Anthony, brother Nicholas and stepmother Linda.

He said he felt "humbled" when he was named in the New Year Honours after becoming the youngest winner of the world championship in November.

Army chief General Sir Richard Dannatt collected a Knight Grand Cross along with other recipients of honours.

Dying passengers

Hamilton, who is dating Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, has enjoyed a rapid rise.

At an awards dinner as a 10-year-old, he told the head of racing team McLaren that he would one day like to drive for them.

Three years later, McLaren and Mercedes-Benz signed him to their young driver support programme and he went on to win three championship titles.

In 2007 he became the first black driver in Formula One and a year later took the fifth place he needed at the last corner in the Brazilian GP to take the crown.

Sir Richard, who became chief of the General Staff in 2006, collected a Knight Grand Cross from the Queen.

Two months into the job he said the British military should leave Iraq soon or risk making security in that country worse.

He was awarded the Military Cross at the age of 22 after service in Northern Ireland and also served in Kosovo as British forces' commander.

He later took command of Nato's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.

Mr Brabants, who is a doctor, will receive an MBE after winning the men's K1 1000m in Beijing - Britain's first Olympic gold in that sport. He also won bronze in the K1 500m.

• Cycling champion Jody Cundy picks up his MBE after winning his fourth Paralympic gold.

• David Weir collects his MBE after winning the wheelchair race of the Flora London Marathon four times; and

• Tim Coulson, of Oxfordshire, gets an MBE for helping wounded and dying passengers in a smoke-filled carriage after the 2005 London bombings.

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