Volunteer William Ogilvie receives MBE from Prince William

After almost half a century of service to community sport, 84-year-old William Ogilvie came face to face with Prince William to receive an MBE

William Ogilvie
William Ogilvie

After almost half a century of service to community sport, 84-year-old William Ogilvie came face to face with Prince William to receive an MBE.

The father-of-three from Choppington in Northumberland was part of the royal’s first investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace - and described it as an “amazing” experience.

“It was very enjoyable and everyone was made to feel very special,” said William, who travelled to London with his daughters Gillian, Helen and Allison.

“It’s a funny sensation to receive an MBE because you think ‘why me particularly?’ because there are so many people doing voluntary work.

“I still don’t know who put me forward for it, and with it having been announced for the Queen’s birthday in June, I suppose now I never will.

“It’s all just surreal.”

William was one of 88 award recipients at the investiture ceremony, at which Prince William stood in for the Queen for the first time.

William Ogilvie
William Ogilvie
 

Others to be decorated included tennis star Andy Murray, who picked up an OBE, and broadcaster Aled Jones, who was made a MBE.

“The Prince asked about the sports I’m involved in, because I was nominated for services to the community and sport, and I told him that presently and for some while I have been helping to develop junior cricket, and at various times I have been involved in other sports, including golf,” said William.

“He asked how I felt it was going and I said ‘quite well thank you’ but that where young people are concerned there’s always a little clause inserted where now kids have their iPhones and laptops and Xboxes and you are competing with that, but that’s the way of life now. It was maybe only 30 or 40 seconds but I must say he is a quite charming man, very pleasant and smiling all the time.”

Since becoming president of Newbiggin Golf Club in 2011, Mr Ogilvie has founded a junior section and began organising junior competitions so that youngsters could become involved in the sport.

He is also involved in Stakeford and Bomarsund Sport and Welfare Centre and Bomarsund Welfare Cricket Club.

The 84-year-old, who was an Olympic Torch bearer during last year’s London Games, put his success down to having “good and reliable people” by his side and “over half a century of marriage to my late wife, Connie.”

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