SCOTLAND’S double Paralympics gold medal-winner Libby Clegg received her MBE from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

Speaking after the ceremony, the 27-year-old partially sighted runner said: “My heart has stopped racing.” When asked how the day comparing to competing, she added: “I think it is a little bit more nerve-racking, because there is nothing you can really do to prepare.”

Clegg, who won her two golds in Rio last year, described receiving her MBE for services to athletics and charity as “amazing”.

She said: “It’s just lovely to be here with so many people who have been recognised for so many different things.”

Harry Potter author JK Rowling was made a Companion of Honour. The writer said it was a particular privilege to be given the rare honour as a female writer.

Rowling was honoured for services to literature and philanthropy.