Queen Elizabeth to host Olympics and Paralympics reception
Queen Elizabeth will host a reception for Britain’s Rio Olympics and Paralympics medallists today (18.10.16).
The 90-year-old monarch will invite those who took home a bronze, silver or gold medal at the Rio 2016 Games to Buckingham Palace to celebrate their success over the summer.
As well as the queen, the Olympians and Paralympians could rub shoulders with Prince Philip, Prince William, Duchess Catherine, Prince Harry, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie.
Team GB finished in second position in the Rio 2016 table with 67 medals to their name, including 27 golds.
ParalympicsGB also finished second in the standings after amassing an incredible 147 medals, 64 of them gold.
It’s been a whirlwind few days for the Olympians and Paralympians as yesterday (17.10.16) they attended an athletes reception in Manchester, where they were praised by Prime Minister Theresa May.
She said: “Can I, on behalf of the whole country, congratulate you all – TeamGB and Paralympics GB – on one of the greatest sporting achievements in our history. Well done to all of you.
“After London 2012, many wondered whether that medal haul could ever be repeated.
“But you didn’t just repeat it, you beat it. And you made Britain the first ever nation to improve its performance at the Olympics and Paralympics following a home Games. So well done.”