Athletics star Jessica Ennis received her CBE at Buckingham Palace on Thursday as a host of Olympians collected their New Year Honours.

Ennis, who took heptathlon gold in last year's London Games, arrived at the palace this morning to be honoured by the Queen.

jessica ennis

Ennis receives her CBE from the Queen

Accompanied by fiance Andy Hill, the 27-year-old posed for photographers but did not comment before collecting her CBE.

Today's ceremony will see honours go to a collection of athletes who became household names with their achievements as part of Team GB.

jessica ennis

The Queen and Ennis chat briefly

Ennis, wearing a figure-hugging Antonio Berardi dress, said: "I'm feeling very excited, though it was nerve-wracking before.
"It's incredible to receive this."

Asked what the Queen said, Ennis replied: "You know when you're so nervous and you forget?

"She just said the summer was amazing, 'How's training going?', so it was very, very nice.

"It's all going well (training). I've had a bit of a cold so had a few days off. I've been training hard the past few weeks, it's going well."

Ennis was at the centre of a feel-good summer last year as Team GB made the nation proud with its Olympics medal haul.
"It still doesn't feel real, to be honest," she said.

jessica ennis

Ennis arrives at Buckingham Palace

"It was just an amazing year for British athletics and British sport and to be part of that in such a big way was incredible."

Loading Slideshow...
  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jessica Ennis poses with members of the Yeoman of the Guard after she received her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jessica Ennis poses with members of the Yeoman of the Guard after she received her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jessica Ennis after she received her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jessica Ennis after she received her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jessica Ennis after she received her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jessica Ennis receives her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Nicola Adams receives her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Joanna Rowsell receives her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Joanna Rowsell receives her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    David Brailsford receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    David Brailsford receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jason Kenny receives his Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Adrian Lester receives his Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Nicola Adams receives her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jason Kenny receives his Officer of the British Empire (OBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Joanna Rowsell receives her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Nicola Adams receives her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Robert Croft receives his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Greg Rutherford receives his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Robert Croft receives his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Greg Rutherford receives his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jessica Ennis receives her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jessica Ennis receives her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jessica Ennis receives her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal from Queen Elizabeth II during Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jessica Ennis arrives at Buckingham Palace to attend an investiture ceremony where she will receive her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal.

  • Investitures at Buckingham palace

    Jessica Ennis arrives at Buckingham Palace to attend an investiture ceremony where she will receive her Commander of the British Empire (CBE) medal.

  • Sport - BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 - ExCeL Arena

    The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and Jessica Ennis after the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

  • Sport - BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 - ExCeL Arena

    The Duchess of Cambridge (left) and Jessica Ennis after the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

  • Sport - BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 - ExCeL Arena

    Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins (second left) gives his victory speech watched by The Duchess of Cambridge and Second placed Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Jessica Ennis (right) during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

  • Sport - BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 - ExCeL Arena

    The Duchess of Cambridge (right) and Jessica Ennis during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London.

  • Sport - BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 - ExCeL Arena

    Second placed Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Jessica Ennis with her award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL Arena, London.

  • Sport - BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 - ExCeL Arena

    Jessica Ennis arriving for the Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012, at the ExCel Arena, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Jessica Ennis and other athletes wave as the parade celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes passes St Paul's Cathedral in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wireas they take part in a parade through London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2012. See PA story PARALYMPICS London. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Britain's athletes Zara Phillips, left, and Jessica Ennis pose for photographers before attending a reception hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron for British Olympic and Paralympic athletes in London. Thousands of people waving British flags lined the streets of London on Monday to toast the athletes behind the country's unprecedented summer of sporting success.

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Zara Phillips and Jessica Ennis during the Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Victory parade in London.

  • London Olympic Games - Athletes Victory Parade

    Heptathlete Jessica Ennis takes part in a parade passed the Royal Courts of Justice, London, celebrating Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 9

    Great Britain's Jessica Ennis shows off her Gold Medal to the crowd at BT London Live, a series of outdoor concerts to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games at Hyde Park in central London, after winning the Heptathlon at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 8

    A previously unreleased picture of Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates winning gold in the Women's Heptathlon after finishing the 800m at the Olympic Stadium, London, on the eighth day of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 8

    Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates with her gold medal after winning the Heptathlon, after the 800m event during day eight of the London Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 7

    Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates after the Women's Heptathlon 200m at the Olympic Stadium, London, on the seventh day of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 8

    Great Britain's Jessica Ennis leads the 800m event in the Heptathlon at the Olympic Stadium, London, on the eighth day of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 8

    Great Britain's Jessica Ennis kisses her Gold Medal after winning the Heptathlon at the Olympic Stadium, London, on the eighth day of the London 2012 Olympics.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 4

    The Duchess of Cambridge shakes hands with Great Britain athlete Jessica Ennis during a visit to the Team GB accommodation flats in the Athletes Village at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 8

    Jessica Ennis celebrates after winning gold in the heptathlon

  • London Olympic Games - Day 8

    Great Britain's Jessica Ennis (centre) celebrates her Heptathlon Gold Medal with her team mates Louise Hazel (right) and Katarina Johnson-Thompson

  • London Olympic Games - Day 8

    Great Britain's Jessica Ennis (far right) after winning the Heptathlon Gold Medal