Forest Gate’s Chiwetel Ejiofor made CBE

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by the Duke of C

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace (Picture: Yui Mok/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

It’s like something out of a film – a boy from east London grows up to become a famous actor and meets royalty.

Chiwetel Ejiofor receives his medal from Prince William (Picture: Yui Mok/PA)

Chiwetel Ejiofor receives his medal from Prince William (Picture: Yui Mok/PA) - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

But for Chiwetel Ejiofor, who grew up in Forest Gate, that’s reality.

The 38-year-old was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to the arts.

Prince William presented him with his medal yesterday at Buckingham Palace.

Although he was made an OBE in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Chiwetel’s status as an actor was elevated when he played Solomon Northup in 2013 film 12 Years A Slave, winning a BAFTA for his performance.

Footballer Frank Lampard, who began his career at West Ham, is made an Officer of the Order of the B

Footballer Frank Lampard, who began his career at West Ham, is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace, London (Picture: Yui Mok/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Also invested by the Duke of Edinburgh was Frank Lampard, who began his footballing career with West Ham.

The former England and Chelsea midfielder was made an OBE for his services to sport.

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Now playing for New York City, the 37-year-old was joined by his fiancee Christine Bleakley and daughters Isla and Luna at the ceremony.

Speaking after receiving his honour, he said: “As a personal achievement goes, this ranks up there with my achievements on the pitch and what I won with Chelsea, and playing for my country.

Frank Lampard with partner Christine Bleakley and his daughters Isla and Luna after the investiture

Frank Lampard with partner Christine Bleakley and his daughters Isla and Luna after the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace (Picture: Yui Mok/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

“But to receive an award like this among some very special people here, military, people who are doing a lot of good work in charity, it’s very humbling to be here.”

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