As a consequence of being the only Briton to medal at the Vancouver games last month, the 27-year-old from Bath has been widely tipped as a shoo-in for a Damehood in June, when the Queen’s Birthday Honours List is announced. Some have even predicted that Miss Williams will lift the much coveted BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2010. However, Prince Harry’s bestowal of the royal ‘would’ has come as a complete surprise to most pundits, primarily because the honour didn’t actually exist until today. The closest award on record is when swimming star Rebecca Adlington was awarded a Royal ‘Wouldn’t’.
In a statement issued through Buckingham Palace today, the Prince stated that: ‘Miss Williams is to receive her award for services to Lycra clad babeliciousness, selflessly providing a welcome change to the usual lard-arsed Eastern European munters, and – in the face of an overwhelmingly dull winter sport – consistently managing to keep red blooded males up all night.’ The citation simply concludes with: ‘Amy Williams? I would!’
In a break with tradition, rather than the Palace, Miss Williams is to receive her honour on Tuesday afternoon next week, during a private investiture ceremony to be held in the Travelodge Hotel, at the Chieveley Services, just off the M4 near Newbury.