Football stars receive honours from Prince of Wales
Chris Kamara, a renowned football personality, was honored with an MBE by the Prince of Wales at the prestigious Windsor Castle for his significant contributions to Association Football (AF), anti-racism, and charity.
Kamara's exceptional career as a professional footballer playing for various clubs and his successful stint as a pundit and presenter on Sky Sports made him a well-known name in the world of football.
The ceremony was a joyous occasion for Kamara, who was thrilled to meet Prince William for the first time. He also revealed that the royal had sent him a congratulatory letter after he was named in the New Year's Honours List, which was a proud moment for him.
Kamara's dedication to the sport and his efforts to promote anti-racism and charitable causes have made him a respected figure in the football community. His recognition by the Prince of Wales has only further cemented his status as a role model for young aspiring footballers and a respected personality in the industry.
Kamara also shared that he had a conversation with the Prince about football and was overwhelmed that Prince William had asked him how he was doing.
Football stars James Milner and Sophie Ingle were also recognized at the investiture ceremony. Milner, who played for Aston Villa, Manchester City, and Liverpool, received an MBE for his contributions to Association Football and charity. In an interview, Milner shared his experience of receiving the award from William, who is a Villa fan, and discussed his plans to continue playing football and potentially explore coaching in the future.
Welsh football team captain and Chelsea midfielder, Sophie Ingle, received an OBE for her significant contributions to AF. As a prominent figure in the world of football, Ingle has played a vital role in promoting the sport and inspiring aspiring athletes to pursue their passion. The awarding of the OBE is a testament to her hard work, talent, and unwavering commitment to football.
Ingle also spoke about the impact of the Lionesses' victory at Euro 2022 on the women's game in Wales, noting that the number of people playing football in Wales had increased significantly since the tournament.
She emphasized the importance of the visibility of women's football and the positive effect that success on the international stage can have on inspiring young players.