AN EX-Army captain from Hampshire who lost his legs after stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan has collected his MBE.

Royal Engineer Captain David Henson observed the two-minute silence at Buckingham Palace while preparing to collect his honour from the Queen for services to the military.

The 29-year-old, originally from Southampton, was Britain's team captain in Prince Harry's Invictus Games and was lucky enough to join the prince for a pint at the end of the competition to mark their shared 30th birthday.

Mr Henson, a father-to-be, was a prominent figure in the lead-up to the games and sprinted to gold in the 200m ambulant IT2 final with a 28-second time.

He also competed in the sitting volleyball and 100m events during the competition, which featured more than 300 wounded, injured and sick service personnel.

He suffered his leg injuries after standing on an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province in February 2011 He was flown back to the UK and underwent a series of operations followed by an extended rehabilitation programme, but was fitted with a pair of artificial legs and was back walking within eight months.

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Captain Henson pictured on duty in Afghanistan

He was one of a number of servicemen and women to receive honours on Armistice Day and said: “Armistice Day is a poignant time of year for everyone but especially for me being here.

''It's really nice to be here in this setting with other veterans around and my family here and being recognised for work within the military, it's important.

''It's a little bit overwhelming, an incredibly grand environment for someone like me to be in. I'm sure they'll take it off me at some point.''

As well as acting as a voluntary advisor to the military on the recovery of servicemen and women, Mr Henson is about to start a PhD at Imperial College in regenerative medicine after completing a masters in biomedical engineering.

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Captain Henson was Britain's team captain at Prince Harry's Invictus Games

Speaking of the moment he met the Queen, he said: ''We spoke about the Invictus Games and the positive impact it has had on the families.

''(The Invictus Games) were incredible, absolutely mind-blowing. The impact on the people's live on those who took part or watched it - it's changed lives forever.

''It sounds quite grandiose but it's not, it's a fact.

''I'm now training to see if I can get to Rio, it's given me a bit of boost in that direction. It's given me a massive drive to keep going with my work as a whole within the general area of recovery, so with both my scientific research and what I try and bring to the way recovery is delivered in defence as a whole.''

Mr Henson and his wife Hayley are expecting a baby girl in March.