Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand to be made an OBE
His achievements go far beyond football.
Manchester United legend and former England international Rio Ferdinand is set to be given an OBE in a ceremony at Windsor Castle.
Ferdinand, 44, is being awarded the prestigious honour for his services to sport and charity work at an upcoming investiture ceremony at the royal residence, after being named on the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honour List back in June.
The ex-player turned pundit not only enjoyed a decorated career as a top-flight footballer but has also been recognised for tackling issues like racism and inequality, as well as his youth work and social mobility initiatives through charitable organisations including his own, the Rio Ferdinand Foundation.
Moreover, Ferdinand has also been praised for shining a light on the struggles of bereavement and raising cancer awareness following the tragic death of his partner Rebecca Ellison back in 2015.
Married for six years, the couple had three children together before Rebecca sadly passed away following her battle with breast cancer.
Two years on from her death, his heartwrenching 2017 documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, received huge praise and even went on to win a BAFTA for Best Single Documentary in 2018.
Since then, Rio has continued to be open on subjects like cancer, depression and grief, holding talks with the likes of BBC and Google, as well as being an advocate for Child Bereavement UK alongside his current partner Kate.
The pair sadly announced the death of their second unborn child earlier this year.
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The pundit, entrepreneur and philanthropist will be bestowed the OBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by the new Prince of Wales, Prince William.
Other individuals being awarded at the investiture ceremony include Olympian Adam Peaty, Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster and Australian comedian Adam Hills.
Well deserved, Rio.
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