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Lisa Carrington officially receives damehood as one of the last Queen-given honours

Congratulations to Dame Lisa Carrington for her deserving damehood.

Aotearoa's most decorated Olympian shared a beautiful photo after officially being honoured with damehood in Wellington. 

Writing on Instagram, Lisa wrote: "Today was a very special day. I was awarded the Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM).

A moment to remember the last decade of my career and a very special moment for my whanau and supporters. I wouldn't be here without them.

It was also a chance to remember Queen Elizabeth II amazing service to Aotearoa."

"Not something I ever thought would happen but it's so special to be here today and do the full ceremony - it's nice to just look back on why I'm here" Lisa told RNZ

Dame Lisa said she was honoured to wear a piece worn by other Dames before her and receiving this award was a humbling experience.

She's one of the last recipients of the Queen's honours as with the succession of King Charles III, it will now be changed to King's Honours.  

The late Queen's grand portrait was still stung hung in the ballroom during the ceremony but it was the first time 'God Save the King' was played on the piano. 

Last year, Dame Lisa Carrington was named the most influential Māori sports personality of the last 30 years.