On Sunday, he scored his second Premier League goal of the season. That is small potatoes compared to heading to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. Footballer and Captain of Northern Ireland team, Steven Davis received his MBE from His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge in an Investiture ceremony.
Davis was awarded his MBE back in June at The Queen’s Birthday Honours. “Huge honour to receive my MBE from Prince William this morning, an incredible experience I’ll never forget,” an overwhelmed Davis tweeted. In the post, he included a picture of the Duke placing the MBE on his chest yesterday at Buckingham Palace.
Davis was also featured on the Royal Family’s Twitter account outside of the Palace after receiving the MBE in a photo by the Press Association.
The 32-year-old midfielder captained his team through the Euro 2016 in France, the first for the Northern Ireland team in 30 years. He has earned 95 caps for his country since his debut on the international stage in 2005. Davis said he was “hugely proud” and “totally honoured” to receive an award from Her Majesty The Queen.
“It is just a huge honour for both myself and my family,” he said back in June.
He continued, “I was shocked and taken aback when I was told about it. I thought it was a joke at first. It was just something that had never registered with me that I might receive something like this.
“Now, however, I think it’s unbelievable. To get recognition like this when I’m still playing is a massive thing.”
What could be even more momentous for the young captain? It is potentially leading his team to the World Cup qualifiers. The world will learn in 12 days whether Davis and his mates will be successful in capturing their spot. The FIFA World Cup is due to be held next year in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. Germany will come in as the defending champions.