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Last Updated: Wednesday February 18 2009 17:07 GMT

Queen makes Ellie youngest MBE

Eleanor Simmonds
Ellie Simmonds at the Olympics

Paralympic double gold medallist Eleanor Simmonds has received her MBE from the Queen, making her the youngest person ever to receive the honour.

The 14-year-old picked up her medal from the monarch at Buckingham Palace, watched by her parents and grandma.

It the latest achievement for the super swimmer who won gold medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle races at the Beijing Paralympics, when she was just 13.

She was also voted BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in December.

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Ellie was one of several people being presented with an award at the palace.

Among them was author Terry Pratchett, who is now Sir Terry Pratchett after being knighted by the Queen for services to literature.

In training

Before taking her turn to meet the Queen, Ellie admitted her excitement had turned to nervousness.

And she said she was hoping her mum and dad wouldn't cry when she collected her medal as that "would be embarrassing".

But it's not all awards and glamour for Ellie, she's already back in training and focussing on winning more gold medals at London 2012.

"I just love swimming and I just want to be on the podium all the time," she said. "London is our next big focus."