SHEFFIELD heptathlete Jessica Ennis was joined by her family at Buckingham Palace for a ceremony in which she received an MBE from the Prince of Wales .
The London 2012 Olympic hopeful, who was being honoured for her services to athletics, discussed her training with Prince Charles as she was presented with the award.
“He said he hoped this was a boost for me,” she said. “It is a boost, not only for me, but also for athletics to help lift the sport’s profile.”
Jess added: “He asked me how training was going and told me he was looking forward to the Olympics.”
When asked if the award felt as good as receiving a gold medal, she replied: “It’s definitely up there.”
The 25-year-old has been heavily involved in marketing next summer’s London Olympics.
The former University of Sheffield psychology student became the country´s first heptathlon gold medallist at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, before winning gold again at the European Championships in Barcelona and scooping silver in Daegu earlier this year.