The occasion marked the first major investiture to be held at Buckingham Palace since the start of the pandemic. The Duke of Cambridge, 39, and the Princess Royal, 71, welcomed those invested into the monarch’s royal residence in London to receive their badges after being named to the birthday honors list of the Queen last year.
A video released by the royal family shows the royals welcoming guests in the palace’s throne room.
An investiture was last held at this location in 1904.
Spice Girl, Mel B has been named in the New Year’s Honors for her services to charitable causes and vulnerable women.
The singer received her MBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from Prince William.
The pop star greeted Prince William with a curtsey before approaching him to collect his award.
She told PA the Duke praised her for all the work she had undertaken.
The performer added: “He said, ‘I can’t believe I’m giving you one – I’m thrilled’ and I said, ‘Aw, thank you’ and we had a giggle. “
The Spice Girls member who is patron of The Woman’s Aid has dedicated her MBE to others who have suffered from abusive relationships.
The Duke of Cambridge also presented a CBE to Watford Football Club manager Roy Hodgson during Wednesday’s ceremony.
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Mr Hodgson has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honors List for his services to football.
While William’s aunt Princess Anne was the one to award an MBE to actress Ruth Wilson.
Ms Wilson, known for her roles in The Affair and Luther, has been named to the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honors List for her services to the theatre.
When asked what she and Anne had discussed, Ruth said the princess had talked about how they would put on plays in the palace as children.
The actress said: “She asked me if I had done acting when I was younger, and then I asked her if she had done acting when she was younger.”
She noted that Anne had answered in the affirmative and noted that the venue for the plays was the room where the awards were presented.
The Olivier Award-winning film star joined others, including actor and musician Ram John Holder and modern pentathlon Olympic gold medalist Kate French, to receive their awards from the Princess Royal .
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Prince William teaming up with his aunt to bestow the honors was greeted with joy by royal fans.
A William and Kate fan page titled ‘loveforcambridg’ wrote: ‘How wonderful they both did this. Congratulations to everyone being honored today,” alongside heart-eyed emojis.
Another royal fan called Toria wrote: ‘It’s great to see him go back to almost all his pork – those who have been awarded deserve a special day.’
A user named Heather Anne agreed with her, adding, “Yeah! It looks so happy.
Another fan account called ‘Sarahinroyal’ wrote: ‘Great to see Buckingham Palace have a new commitment.’
While a user called Fifi simply wrote “splendid” next to many emojis.
Radio presenter Simon Mayo also attended the ceremony after being named MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List for his service to broadcasting and charity.
Simon joined the BBC in 1982 and subsequently worked for BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 2.
While Chris Ryan, who was part of the British team that won gold at the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021, was appointed MBE for his services to wheelchair rugby.
The last investiture at the palace took place on March 12, 2020 just before the first Covid-19 lockdown.
The ceremony was led by the Prince of Wales.
According to the royal website, around 30 investitures take place each year and more than 60 recipients attend each ceremony.
Ceremonies normally take place at one of the Queen’s residences dotted around the country, including the Waterloo Room at Windsor Castle.
Investitures also occasionally take place abroad during state or royal visits.