Queen of England’ to reward 18-year-old Emma Raducanu with OBE ’after stunning
US Open win
NSL Learnt: the 18-year-old sporting sensation will qualify for an OBE ‘at least’ –
and may even receive a CBE in reflection of her historic triumph at such a young age.
Teenage recipients of such an honour – second only to a damehood – are
exceptionally rare but the youngster’s remarkable success means she is now well in
line for a top gong.
As the Queen led tributes to the young superstar, a royal source told the Daily Mail:
‘It would seem Miss Raducanu would be deserving of at least an OBE, if not a CBE.’
It caps off a whirlwind year for the teenager from Bromley, south-east London, whose
astonishing performance in New York has propelled her to global stardom.
Just months after studying for her A-levels at her state secondary school in
Orpington, Miss Raducanu was crowned US Open champion on Saturday, beating
Canadian Leylah Fernandez in style. Remarkably, the teenager – the first British
woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam singles title – did not drop a set during the
She is now the hot favourite to be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
And after scooping £1.8 million in prize money, Miss Raducanu is poised to receive a
string of lucrative endorsement and sponsorship opportunities, with marketing
executives claiming she could eventually be worth up to £150 million.
Despite capturing the hearts of a nation seeking joy in sport following more than
a year of morale-sapping lockdowns, the teenager appeared blissfully unaware of her
Remarkably, she told a press conference that she did not know the Queen – who sent
a letter of congratulations following her win – had been watching on television, or
that it was being broadcast on Channel 4 after a last-minute deal was brokered with