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Eamonn Holmes collects his OBE from The Queen at Buckingham Palace

Broadcaster and television presenter Eamonn Holmes has collected his OBE from The Queen during an investiture at Buckingham Palace.

The 58-year-old was named on the New Years Honours List last year for services to broadcasting in a career which spans for almost four decades.

After being named in the list last December, Eamonn said: “This honour recognises a large body of work stretching nearly 40 years full stop the amazing thing is I was given an onscreen reporting job and an incredible opportunity by Ulster television when I was just 19 years old.

“When I look back at all the things that I have achieved throughout my working life I think it’s fair to say that I have made the most of that opportunity.

“Every general election since 1983, interviews with every Prime Minister in that time, a royal wedding, three royal funerals, two Jubilees for Her Majesty the Queen, massive sports events, big Saturday night TV shows, meeting the rich and famous are all things that I encountered along the way, but I encountered nothing more wonderful than my partner on screen now and my partner in real life Ruth Langsford.”

Taking to Instagram, Ruth said: “Off to the Palace! So proud of my husband who will receive his OBE for services to broadcasting today. Nobody deserves it more.”

The couple has been married for seven years, and present ITV’s This Morning together.

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