Todd knighted by Prince Charles in London

Last updated 17:59 18/05/2013
Mark Todd
PRINCELY HONOUR: Mark Todd after receiving his Knighthood for services to Equestrian Sport from the Prince of Wales following an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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Kiwi equestrian champion Mark Todd has been knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

He received the New Zealand Order of Merit knighthood in the New Year's Honours for his services to equestrian sport.  

But since he lives in the UK, the formal ceremony was conducted at the palace, with Prince Charles tapping his shoulders with a sword.

"I'm proud obviously because it's an award from New Zealand, but I'm thrilled to be able to receive it here at Buckingham Palace," Todd said. 

"The British do this sort of thing incredibly well, it's amazing to be here."

UK media reported Todd and Prince Charles chatted about horses prior to the ceremony.

Todd, 57, won a team bronze at last year's London Olympics, 28 years after his individual gold medals at the 1984 and the 1988 Olympics. He flies home tomorrow to attend the funeral of his father Norm Todd who died last Saturday. Norm Todd, 92, died in Waikato Hospital. 

Todd's mother Lenore, died in September last year following a long illness.

Norm Todd is survived by his three children - Kerryn, Mark and Martyn - and seven grandchildren

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