Ant and Dec hope their OBEs will inspire working class kids

Ant and Dec reunited after being presented with their OBEs at Buckingham Palace. Pic: PA.
Ant and Dec reunited after being presented with their OBEs at Buckingham Palace. Pic: PA.

Presenting duo Ant and Dec have admitted it was "weird" to be split up as they were honoured individually for their contribution to television today.

The TV hosts collected their fourth gong of the week as they receive OBEs at Buckingham Palace this morning.

TV presenter Ant McPartlin is made an OBE by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Pic: PA.

TV presenter Ant McPartlin is made an OBE by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Pic: PA.

The pair had already picked up three prizes at the National Television Awards (NTAs) on Wednesday, including the TV presenter award for the 16th year in a row.

Despite building their career based around being a partnership, they were separated briefly as went up to receive their awards from the Prince of Wales, under their real names Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

Speaking after being reunited following the accolade, Ant said: "It's normally me that goes first and when they called Dec's name I thought 'I'll watch what he does'.

He added: "It's a huge honour. Twenty minutes apart, it's a long time ... it was weird."

TV presenter Declan Donnelly is made an OBE by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Pic: PA.

TV presenter Declan Donnelly is made an OBE by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Pic: PA.

The Britain's Got Talent presenters were accompanied by their wives to the event and said they would celebrate with a "small glass of champagne" and take their families to lunch.

Dec said he hoped receiving the recognition would "inspire" youngsters from working-class backgrounds.

He said: "You don't expect things like this to happen to lads like us from the west end of Newcastle, so it's a huge honour.

"We're humbled and honoured and ecstatic about the whole thing.

TV presenters Ant and Dec and their wives Lisa Armstrong and Ali Astall arrive at Buckingham Palace. Pic: PA.

TV presenters Ant and Dec and their wives Lisa Armstrong and Ali Astall arrive at Buckingham Palace. Pic: PA.

"We hope it can inspire young people from backgrounds like ours, that things like this do happen to us sometimes.

"Put your head down and work hard and you can achieve what you want. You can end up in Buckingham Palace."

The pair have already spent a considerable amount of time with the Prince of Wales after interviewing him for a documentary celebrating 40 years of the Prince's Trust.

When receiving his award, Ant said Charles had joked: "You survived the documentary then".

Dec added: "It was nice that he was giving us the award today, having spent so much time with him and having followed him around.

"I think we wore him down in the end so it was nice to see him today and nice to get our honour from him.

"It has been the most surreal week. Honest to God. It's just bizarre. Like we're on cloud nine and don't know when we're going to come back down to earth.

"In fact I know when it will be - it will be tomorrow when we're back with Simon Cowell doing Britain's Got Talent auditions."

The pair joked that they were going to show the OBEs to Cowell as "he hasn't got one".

Responding to reports that they may withdraw themselves from the NTAs, McPartlin said: "As long as they want to keep voting, we're there", before joking that The X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary might have started the rumour.

And asked if they would fancy presenting the Great British Bake Off in the future, Donnelly said: "No soggy bottoms for us", adding "We're ITV boys."