Emma Raducanu receives MBE for special services to tennis from King Charles

Tennis star Emma Raducanu received an MBE presented to her by King Charles III at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.

The sporting ace, 20, was awarded the prestigious honour for her services to tennis, following her win at the US open in 2021 aged just 18 against fellow teen player Leylah Fernandaz.

Emma became the first British woman to win a grand slam title after Virginia Wade’s victory at Wimbledon back in 1977.

The tennis champion was pictured beaming whilst greeting the King at the honouring ceremony this afternoon.

Emma looked elegant at the Windsor presentation as she wore a £5,800 lace pleated dress designed by Dior with ruffles at the shoulders and matching block heel pumps.

Stylish beyond her years, the star added a black leather belt to her ensemble, which was cinched at the waist, and topped off the chic look with a classic boater cap.

Emma was all-smiles as she was pictured shaking hands with King Charles inside Windsor Castle the special ceremony.

Following the presentation, the sports star said in a statement: “It's been great to receive my honour today from his Majesty the King — I feel extremely grateful.”

Emma has earned an eye-watering $21 million this past year since her US Open win, as she’s bagged several major brand deals, with Nike, Tiffany & Co and a handful of others.

Having now added MBE to her achievement list, the Dior ambassador recently said the honour wasn’t “a big deal” in her eyes.

Emma confessed to Grazia magazine: “It wasn't a big deal for my family — it was just like a normal Friday or Saturday night.

“I've never gone out. I've never done any normal teenage things. Between training and the travel, it takes some getting used to, but I like to be on my own and it's always about the bigger picture.”

Emma has had continued lucrative success, despite struggling this year to maintain the same high standard seen at her Grand Slam win, as she appeared at Roland Garros and Wimbledon this summer.

Among those who received a MBE alongside Emma on Tuesday, were Labour MP Dame Nia Griffith, Turner prize nominated artist and filmmaker Sir Isaac Julien and former footballer Gary Bennett.

Speaking on tennis ace Emma’s honour, MP Dame Nia said: “I think it is fantastic seeing a young person (achieve) the success that she had and I think obviously now she faces that incredibly challenging situation of coping with that success and coping also with disappointment.

“And I certainly think it is wonderful to see young people being praised and being rewarded and let's make sure we give every young person the opportunities so that they can develop their talents to the full.”


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