The 36-year-old was named in the Queen’s New Years Honours List last year for his services to motorsport after he equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles during the 2020 F1 season. 

Hamilton was officially knighted by the Prince of Wales at a ceremony at Windsor Castle on Wednesday. He was accompanied by his mother Carmen Larbalestier.

It came just days after Hamilton was denied a record-breaking eighth world title in controversial circumstances during Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen’s last lap overtake clinching his maiden world championship. 

Hamilton has become just the fourth F1 driver to receive a knighthood. He is the first to receive the honour since Sir Jackie Stewart in 2001. 

Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jack Brabham are the only other two F1 drivers in history to have been knighted, in 2000 and 1979 respectively. 

Hamilton was previously made an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by the Queen following his first world title triumph in 2008.