Yesterday, Prince William made three-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea an MBE at Buckingham Palace.
The two chatted about motorbikes, which Rea recalled after the Investiture for the Press Association, saying: “I know he’s a bit of a motorcycle fan himself,
“We talked about his bikes and the fact that he has put it on the back-burner a little bit because of his children now.”
Rea can relate as his two boys are the same age as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children. While the Duchess has previously expressed she hopes to “keep George off it”, Rea’s sons are zipping around on “electric trial bikes.
Rea’s latest Superbike season ended with a win in Qatar the start of this month. The total season brought 16 wins, 24 podium places with a total of 556 points. The previous record was held by 2002 champion Colin Edwards with 552 points.
Adding on: “It’s been more than a dream, more than I ever expected. To come here today it kind of really sinks in what I have achieved.
“I’m very very honoured to be invited here and receive an MBE because it’s nice to be recognised outside my sport. It’s something I’m very proud of.”
The Duchess of Cambridge will well-aware of her husband’s love of bikes, a trait he shares with his brother Prince Harry. In 2015, while in Dundee, Scotland, the Duchess said to a royal fan: “He’s still riding it. It always fills me with horror when he goes out on it! I’m terrified. Hopefully, I’m going to keep George off it.”
The Duke of Cambridge also presented an MBE to Richard Twemlow who throughout his 52 years of volunteering for the Scouts has raised over £2 million.
Squadron Leader Roger Cruickshank was also presented with the “Distinguished Flying Cross, which is awarded for “an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying”.”