Delighted former England cricketer Rachael Heyhoe Flint has received her OBE from the Prince of Wales.
Mrs Heyhoe Flint, who was born in Wolverhampton, is probably single handedly responsible for changing public attitudes to women’s cricket and was one of the first women to become a member of the MCC.
She played for England for more than 20 years and captained the team for 12 years until the late 1970s, receiving an MBE in 1972. She receives the OBE for services to cricket.
Mrs Heyhoe Flint, who is vice-president of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, was accompanied to Buckingham Palace by her husband Derrick and son Ben, said: “I am extremely proud and excited to be receiving the OBE.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday present and it will be a very special day for me having my family with me at Buckingham Palace.”