Ben Stokes collects OBE from Prince William at Buckingham Palace
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have been recognised for their part in England's thrilling Cricket World Cup victory after they collected honours at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.
After last summer's triumph, Stokes was made an OBE for his services to cricket in the New Year Honours list, while teammate Buttler was made an MBE.
The pair were presented with their honours by the Duke of Cambridge on Tuesday.
All-rounder Stokes was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year after a remarkable 12 months in which England beat New Zealand to win the men's World Cup for the first time.
Also set to receive honours are teammates Eoin Morgan (CBE) and Joe Root (MBE).
Root paid tribute to his teammates, declaring: "They are fantastic ambassadors.
"They have done some extremely special things for English cricket and I am very honoured to have played alongside them.
"I am proud and privileged and it's an honour to play cricket for England."
Colin Graves, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, was also recognised when he collected a CBE for services to the sport.
Mr Graves told the PA news agency he was "honoured" to be alongside Stokes and Buttler, adding: "Without a shadow of a doubt, it's two great players and to share the day with them is brilliant."
The chairman said that there was a "buzz" among fans following a golden summer for cricket.
"You just have to look at the Sports Personality of the Year awards, Stokesy won the main award, the team won the team award, the team won the moments of the year award," he added.
"To win all those three prizes at those awards was fantastic."
Meanwhile, an Afghanistan war veteran collected an MBE for services to horse racing.
Captain Guy Disney made history at Sandown in 2015 when he became the first jockey in Britain to race over fences with a prosthetic limb, before claiming a victory at the same course two years later.
He was recognised for services to polar expeditions and veterans' charities, having joined the Duke of Sussex on a trek to the North Pole in aid of the Walking With The Wounded charity.
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