Gongs for the queens of fashion and cycling.
TWO of Britain’s Olympic golden girls, queens of fashion and cycling, re-lived the glorious summer of London 2012 yesterday with the real monarch.Her Majesty, who left her own marvellous Olympic legacy with her James Bond-themed arrival at the opening ceremony, made champion track cyclist Victoria Pendleton a CBE and Team GB kit designer Stella McCartney an OBE.
The glittering Buckingham Palace investiture was especially emotional for Stella, who has stepped from out of the shadow of her Beatles legend father Sir Paul by creating her own highly successful fashion label.
She went to the Palace with husband Alasdhair Willis and their four children, but her late mother Linda was very much on her mind.
Stella, 41, wore a veiled fascinator on which were two brooches, one hers and the other an antique heirloom that belonged to her mother, who died in 1998 from breast cancer.
Her voice wavered as she explained: “It was a gift from my father to my mother – so I feel like my parents are both here with me.”The designer on meeting the Queen, 86, who was wearing a pale coloured dress joked: “I slipped her a card. I promised her a discount.”
Victoria Pendleton, 32, swapped her Lycra cycling outfit for a Philip Treacy hat, a Paul Smith dress, a jacket from Reiss and a cape from Coast.
She revealed about her meeting with the Queen: “I was so worried about what I was going to say but she was lovely. She said, ‘Here’s a medal to add to your collection’.”
Pendleton, who weds sports performance scientist Scott Gardner this summer, ended her career at London 2012 by winning a gold and silver to add to her gold from Beijing 2008.