Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, Peaty said: “It’s great to get the first British medal and great to get it for swimming.
“It makes it all worthwhile. For all the times that you want to go back to bed at 4am.
“I’m so proud to be British. I’d like to thank the Royal family and everything that makes me proud to be British.”
The Royal Family were also quick to congratulate Peaty on his historic win, as the Kensington Palace Twitter account posted a tweet of congratulations to the athlete.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) August 8, 2016
Last week before the games began in Rio, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry recorded a special message of good luck to all the Great British athletes competing in Brazil.
In the video, the young royals said:
The Duke of Cambridge: “London 2012 saw this country come alive with a passion for sport. It saw people of all ages, and from all walks of life, join together to support Team GB.”
The Duchess of Cambridge: “London 2012 showcased the best of British sport, and we are all so excited to see what can be achieved in Rio.”
Prince Harry: “Our athletes are an inspiration to us all, and we need the whole country to get behind them and cheer them on as they take to the world stage.”
The Duke of Cambridge: “We have some of the most passionate supporters in the world, and we can’t wait to cheer on our athletes together this time around in Rio.”
The Duchess of Cambridge: “We can’t wait to watch everyone compete. Good luck!”