HEROIC paratrooper Ben Parkinson is all set to rub shoulders with royalty next month when he collects his MBE from the Queen.
Ben and his family will be the guests of honour at Buckingham Palace on May 17, when the badly injured serviceman will collect his honour, awarded during last December’s New Year’s Honours list.
The brave soldier let slip the date on his Facebook page where he posted: “Me, Major Port and the Boss. Buckingham Palace, May 17. Bring a hat, bring port.”
Ben, aged 29, captured the nation’s hearts last summer with his awe-inspiring stint carrying the Olympic torch through his home town of Doncaster, cheered on by more than 30,000 people who lined Bennetthorpe to see him take every step of the relay using his prosthetic legs.
It will cap a remarkable year for the double amputee Lance Bombardier, the most badly injured serviceman to survive Afghanistan.
Ben lost both his legs and suffered dozens of other horrendous injuries in a Taliban bomb blast in the country in 2006.
Since then, he has made a remarkable recovery, defying doctors by learning to walk and talk again and devoting himself to fundraising for the Pilgrim Bandits charity which helps raise cash for badly-injured ex-servicemen.
After a gruelling rehabilitation process he has undertaken a string of events and recently completed a trek across Norway in sub-zero temperatures.
Earlier this year mum Diane, who is expected to attend the ceremony, said: “I think this is something for him and his regiment, that’s how he sees it.”