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Proud day in London as Duffy gets OBE

Surreal moment: Flora Duffy with her husband, Dan Hugo, at Buckingham Palace

Flora Duffy has reflected on her “amazing experience” after collecting her Order of the British Empire medal at Buckingham Palance.

Duffy, who was awarded the OBE in June for her services to sport in Bermuda, was accompanied by her husband, Dan Hugo, and parents Charlie and Maria on Friday.

The two-times world champion triathlete described the moment she received her gong as “surreal” and a moment she will never forget.

“It was an amazing experience going to Buckingham Palace to receive by OBE,” Duffy told The Royal Gazette. “It was a bit of a surreal moment to enter the palace and meet Prince Charles.

“Being nominated for the award was very unexpected and I am honoured to receive the OBE. It’s amazing the places sport can lead to. I am very proud for Bermuda.

“I was joined on the day by my parents and husband Dan. I think they also really loved the experience.”

Duffy claimed Bermuda’s second Commonwealth Games gold medal and first of any colour by a woman on the Gold Coast, Australia, in April.

She returned home to storm to a memorable triumph in MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda later that month.