Jacques Rogge knighted for work on London Olympics

Belgium's Jacques Rogge has received an honorary knighthood from Britain at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. It was the Princess Royal, herself an Olympian, who bestowed the award on the former President of the International Olympic Committee.

The Princess Royal is also a member of the International Olympic Committee. Sir Jacques received the award for his years of service to the Olympics and in particular for his work on the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Earlier the British Ambassador to Belgium, Jonathan Brenton, said: “It is great that just after the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Jacques Rogge will be honoured at Buckingham Palace for all the excellent work he has done for the Olympics in general and for the London 2012 Olympic Games in particular."

"Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, an Olympian herself, will be presenting the honorary knighthood in the presence of another great British Olympian and Chair of the British Olympic Association, Lord Coe. With this knighthood we say thank you to Jacques Rogge for his commitment and energy in pursuit of the Olympic values which he demonstrated so admirably in London.”