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Lauren Hemp shocked and surprised receiving her MBE award

Lauren Hemp expressed her surprise upon learning that she had been honored with an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

The Manchester City forward, Lauren Hemp, is one of three Lionesses stars to receive awards, alongside goalkeeper Mary Earps and Millie Bright, who will be receiving an OBE. The unexpected recognition caught Hemp off guard, as she initially thought she had received the letter for something she had done wrong when it arrived in the mail.

Hemp told Sky Sports: “The way I found out was that it came through the post back in Manchester at my house. And normally sometimes I’m asleep and put mail to one side.

“But I looked at it and it said something like ‘His Majesty’s service’, and I was like: ‘Oh my God, have I done something wrong? I need to open it’. And I opened it and yeah, I had to read it about 10 times and I was thinking: ‘What does this mean?’

“I told my mum and dad on that same day. They couldn’t believe it, to be honest. I had to show them the letter. And I was like: ‘Am I definitely going to get it?’ It wasn’t until it got announced yesterday that I was like: ‘Oh yeah, it does count’. It was a nice surprise.

Lauren Hemp on her MBE: Have I done something wrong?!

The honors come on the heels of another triumphant year for the Lionesses. Following their victory in the European Championship in 2022, Sarina Wiegman’s team reached their inaugural World Cup final in 2023, narrowly losing 1-0 to Spain. Leah Williamson had already been appointed an OBE, and Lucy Bronze and Beth Mead were previously awarded MBEs.

Looking ahead to 2024, Hemp will resume playing for both club and country. The forward is having a stellar season with Manchester City, having scored five goals and provided two assists thus far. City will resume their campaign with an FA Cup fourth-round clash against Durham on January 14, followed by WSL fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester United.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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