Farah and McGregor collect honours at Buckingham Palace

Ewan McGregor received the honour for his services to drama and charity

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Olympic hero Mo Farah and Hollywood star Ewan McGregor were among those collecting New Year Honours at a Buckingham Palace investiture.

Farah received his CBE for services to athletics from Prince Charles.

McGregor was appointed an OBE for services to drama and charity.

Olympic rower Anna Watkins, 30, Paralympic archer Danielle Brown, 25, and track-and-road cyclist Steven Burke, 25, also collected MBEs for services to their sports.

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I just want to make my country proud and collect as many medals in my career as I can.”

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Farah, 30, grew up in Hounslow and spent his early career training in Teddington, west London.

He became a world-wide star when he won double gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at the London 2012 Olympic Games with his trademark 'Mobot' celebration going on to become an iconic moment in last year's golden summer of Great British sport.

Farah said: "I never in my life imagined coming to Buckingham Palace.

"I remember running past it in the mini-marathon as a kid when I was 13 and thinking it was so beautiful and taking pictures of the lion, so coming inside and receiving this award is great.

"Prince Charles said 'You must be getting sick of so many medals' and to hear someone like the Prince of Wales knows who you are is just brilliant.

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The volunteers live and work in really difficult places, they are the people who should be awarded.”

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"I'm not tired of it at all, I just want to make my country proud and collect as many medals in my career as I can."

On Tuesday, while enjoying the Wimbledon Championships Farah posted clips of on-court action and images of himself in the Royal Box, which he has since taken down. According to Wimbledon rules, phones must be switched off in and around the courts in play.

However, a spokesman for the All England Club said: "There was no issue. He was quite all right to do what he did."

Children's charities

Ewan McGregor, 42, first found fame after playing heroin-addict Mark "Rent Boy" Renton in director Danny Boyle's 1996 hit Trainspotting - a role he said he would consider returning to should the sequel, due to be filmed in 2016, go ahead.

Since Trainspotting his star has risen, landing roles such as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels as well as continuing with smaller, independent, movies and working with children's charities Unicef and Go Campaign.

Wearing a kilt, the Scot said it had never been in doubt that he would come to the Palace in traditional clothing.

He said: "I didn't have to think about it, that was always what I was going to wear.

"If you don't wear your kilt here, I don't know where you are going to wear it."

McGregor, who was accompanied by two of his four daughters and his wife, praised the volunteers at the children's charities he supports.

He said: "The volunteers live and work in really difficult places, they are the people who should be awarded."

After the ceremony he spoke with Farah and congratulated him for being an inspiration to so many people, before the pair posed for photographers.

Mo Farah and Prince Charles Mo Farah collected his CBE insignia from Prince Charles

Anna Watkins, 30, from Wokingham in Berkshire, won gold in the double sculls at London 2012. The Cambridge graduate, originally from Leek in Staffordshire, is expecting her first child while studying for a PhD in mathematics at the University of Reading.

Danielle Brown, from Telford in Shropshire, and Steven Burke, from Colne in Lancashire both won gold medals at the Games, Brown in the women's individual compound and Burke as a member of the winning team-pursuit squad in London.

Among military award recipients was Sergeant David Acarnley, a bomb disposal officer with the Royal Logistic Corps from Riding Hill, Northumberland, who collected the Queen's Gallantry Medal, awarded for rescuing Danish colleagues when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in June last year.

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