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Lewis Hamilton has finally become the fourth Formula One driver to be knighted – days after he narrowly missed out on an eighth world title.
Max Verstappen incredibly pipped him to first place on the final lap in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to snatch the championship crown away from the Mercedes superstar.
And while the 36-year-old will still be getting over the heartbreak of missing the chance to surpass Michael Schumacher in the record books, the knighthood will help ease his pain.
Honoured for his services to motorsports, Hamilton was officially knighted by HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles).
Hamilton was knighted at Windsor Castle, with F1 heroes Sir Jackie Stewart (2001), Sir Stirling Moss (2000) and Sir Jack Brabham (1979) all knighted before him.
Following Sunday's controversial finale, Hamilton was still gracious and congratulated rival Verstappen on his first title.
"Firstly congratulations to Max and to his team. I think we did an amazing job this year,” Hamilton said.
“My team, everyone back at the factory, have worked so hard this whole year, it's been the most difficult of seasons.
“I'm so proud of them and I'm so grateful to be a part of the journey with them.
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"This last part of the season we gave it absolutely everything and never gave up."
Back in 2009, Hamilton was first awarded an MBE following his first world title.
However, he failed to make the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award later this month, having won the accolade just last year.
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Fans of the sensational world-class racing driver were delighted to see him finally get true recognition for his services to sport.
One posted on Twitter: "AHHHH OFFICIALLY KNIGHTED EVERYONEEEE!!! Sir Lewis Hamilton!"
And another wrote: "Congrats to Sir Lewis Hamilton on being knighted! Well deserved for a legend like him".
One even cheekily joked: "Lewis Hamilton will formally receive his knighthood today at Windsor Castle. Unless the queue gets rearranged at the last moment so that Max gets it."
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