Olympic champion curlers to pick up royal honours at Edinburgh ceremony

Members of the UK’s Olympic gold medal winning curling team are among many receiving royal honours at a ceremony in Edinburgh.

Victoria Drummond, Mili Smith, Jennifer Dodds, Hailey Duff and head coach to the British curling team David Murdoch will collect their awards at the Palace of Holyroodhouse investiture on Wednesday after being made MBEs.

The team, skippered by Eve Muirhead OBE – who announced her retirement from curling last year – swept to gold at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Sir Iain Livingstone
Chief Constable Sir Iain Livingstone will be knighted (PA)

The event will also see Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Iain Livingstone formally knighted for services to policing and the public, as well as Professor Sir Aziz Sheikh, of primary care research and development at the University of Edinburgh, for his services to Covid-19 research and policy.

Among the others to pick up awards will be Glasgow City Council’s chief executive and chairwoman of the Cop26 programme board Annemarie O’Donnell, head of city services and Cop26 Denise Hamilton, and senior responsible officer Colin Edgar for their services to local government.

Dr Noha Elsakka, a consultant in medical microbiology and virology and service clinical director at NHS Grampian, Dr Mary McQuillan, senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and Dr Stephen Cole, an intensive care doctor at NHS Tayside, will all pick up awards for their services during Covid-19.