England cricket captain Alastair Cook was appointed a CBE by Prince Charles
The sportsman who has led the national side to memorable Ashes victories, and last year became the youngest batsman worldwide to reach 10,000 Test runs, said he shared the moment with those closest to him.
Speaking after the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony he said: "This is a very special moment not just for me obviously but my family and friends – it's a very proud moment to be awarded this, very special."
The world of cricket is waiting to see if the opening batsman will remain in his role as captain or – as widely anticipated – step down after the recent disappointing England tour of India which saw Cook's side well beaten.
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We spoke a little bit about the cricket
But the England captain declined to comment when asked whether he would stay in post or leave.
Cook said Charles – who runs Duchy Home farm in Gloucestershire – chatted to the cricketer about the farm run by his wife's family in Bedfordshire where he helps out.
The sportsman, 32, said: "We spoke a little bit about the cricket, a little bit about the farming, and he wished me good luck.
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"We're about to start lambing so we'll get busy now but unfortunately work and training has to come first, but if I have any spare moments I try and help out."
Cook had made his England Test debut aged just 21 in India during 2006, and promptly scored a century in his second innings at Nagpur.
The Essex batsman scored 766 runs in England's 2010-11 Ashes series win over Australia, averaging 127, and went on to take over as captain in August 2012 after the retirement of Andrew Strauss.
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Cook subsequently led England to a first Test series victory on Indian soil since 1985, before in May 2015 he moved ahead of Graham Gooch as the nation's leading run scorer in Test matches.
In May last year, during the second Test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street, Cook, then aged 31, took his tally past 10,000 runs and became the youngest player worldwide to pass the milestone.
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