Gatland "touched" by OBE Honour

Date published: October 2 2014

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Wales coach Warren Gatland said he felt “touched” after receiving a public honour from Prince William on Thursday.

Wales coach Warren Gatland said he felt “touched” after receiving a public honour from Prince William on Thursday.

The New Zealander was one of several leading sports figures from Britain and the Commonwealth named in Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday honours list in June.

And Friday saw him collect his Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal from William, the Queen’s grandson and son of Prince Charles – the heir to the British throne – during a ceremony at Windsor Castle, south-west of London.

As well as leading Wales to several Six Nations titles, last year saw Gatland guide the British and Irish Lions to a 2-1 series victory in Australia.

Speaking after his meeting with the Duke of Cambridge, Gatland said he was “touched” by the award and thanked all the “coaches, managers and support staff” he had worked with in his career.

“It’s pretty nerve wracking going up there. It’s a massive honour…being in a great setting like this. I’m very touched by it really,” said Gatland.

He added: “It’s a great honour for myself but I can’t not recognise a huge number of people that I’ve been involved with that have helped me get this far and they’re incredibly important as well.”

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