Shropshire soldier and George Cross hero Kim Hughes capped a whirlwind week by winning one of television's Pride of Britain Awards.
Viewers last night saw Staff Sergeant Hughes, from Telford, receive a Special Recognition Award from presenter Myleene Klass and actor Dominic West.
The 30-year-old also met the Queen yesterday for lunch and sat alongside Prince Charles on Tuesday for a separate reception at St James' Palace for all recipients of the Victoria and George Cross.
Staff Sergeant Hughes, of the Royal Logistic Corps, was decorated with the prestigious medal by the Queen in June for the "single most outstanding act of explosive ordnance disposal" recorded in Afghanistan.
But the brave soldier, from Aqueduct, was far removed from the deserts of Afghan-istan when he attended the awards ceremony in London aired on ITV1 last night.
Speaking after the Pride of Britain ceremony, he said: "The other winners that were there were much more deserving than me, I was really just doing my job." But the soldier's mother Frances Trask, from Aqueduct, said she was immensely proud of him.
She said: "When he told me he was getting a Pride of Bri-tain award I really couldn't believe it, they are voted for by the public and thousands of no- minations come in, so for Kim to win one is really special."