Day of family pride for Sir Chris and his mum as they are honoured in Buckingham Palace

Arise Sir Chris - the Scottish cycling ace, who fired the nation's imagination with his Olympic achievements, was knighted in a ceremony presided over by Prince Charles
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Olympic hero Chris Hoy was knighted by Prince Charles on Thursday, as his thrilled mum picked up an MBE.

In a nod to his Scottish heritage, the delighted Edinburgh-born cycling ace wore a smart blue kilt for the ceremony.

Chris captured the nation's admiration when he became the first Briton to win three golds at one Olympics for 100 years in Beijing and has another gold from the 2004 Athens Games. This week's Buckingham Palace accolade was "an amazing honour" he said.

“Being knighted is the furthest thing on your mind when you compete at the Olympics, "added the 33-year-old, who is the 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. “You train for your whole life to try to win gold medals and become the best at what you do.”

His mother Carol, a nurse specialising in sleep-related illnesses, was recognised for her services to healthcare.

Officials broke with protocol to allow her to see him knighted instead of making her wait in another part of the Palace before getting her award. Proud Carol said: "To be together at the Palace, for a mum that means everything to me.”