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Thursday, 13 July, 2000, 13:58 GMT 14:58 UK
MBE humbles footballer Wright
Ian Wright with his MBE medal
Ian Wright said receiving the MBE was "nerve-racking"
Footballer Ian Wright has received an MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The former England international-turned television chat show host said he felt "very humble".

Also honoured at the palace ceremony on Thursday were actresses Jane Seymour and Harriet Walter, who received an OBE and CBE respectively.

"It's quite a humbling experience - it's the most nerve-racking thing I've ever had to do," striker Ian Wright said.

Wright (foreground) in action
Wright had a brief spell with West Ham
"I told the Queen that I've just retired as a professional footballer and I have to say, so far, I'm not missing it," he said.

"It was the right time for me to retire. I could never emulate the success I had with Arsenal - it was unbelievable for me."

The 36-year-old striker helped Burnley gain promotion last season to the First Division but he is concentrating on a new career as a television celebrity.

He won 33 England caps and scored nine international goals.

He famously helped Crystal Palace to the 1990 FA Cup Final, coming off the bench to score twice and take Manchester United to a replay, which Palace lost.

He joined Arsenal one year later, scoring a record 185 goals.

Wright subsequently signed for brief periods with West Ham and Celtic before ending his footballing career at Turf Moor.

Bond star honoured

Actress Jane Seymour celebrated receiving her OBE with a ride on the Millennium wheel, the London Eye, followed by a boat party on the Thames.

"This will be a day to remember," she said.

johnnie
Jane Seymour: Her son Jonnie congratulates her
"Having spent as much time as I have abroad - but always loving England - it was very special to be honoured by my own country and especially by the Queen."

The actress, who divides her time between Malibu in the US and Bath, added: "I have always thought that I was in some way a British export."

She shot to fame aged 22 when she starred as sultry temptress Solitaire opposite 007 Roger Moore in the 1973 James Bond classic Live and Let Die.

She has starred on TV as Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, and remains busy working in the US, where she has recently completed two films with her producer-director husband James Keach.

Young Vic star

Actress Harriet Walter received her CBE honour at the Palace investiture.

Recently the star of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth at the Young Vic in London, her other theatre work has included Arcadia by Sir Tom Stoppard.

Among her films are Sense and Sensibility and Eugene Onegin.

Her TV series have included The Men's Room and A Dance to the Music of Time.

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