Can't steal his shine: Lewis Hamilton knighted by Prince Charles days after F1 heartbreak

Lewis Hamilton has been knighted in recognition of a glittering career in Formula One days after he controversially lost out on a record eighth title.

Sir Lewis Hamilton was honoured by the Prince of Wales during a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony on Wednesday.

Hamilton was recognised in the New Year Honours list following a record-breaking year in which he surpassed Michael Schumacher's all-time victory tally and emulated the German by winning a seventh world title.

He was joined by his mother, Carmen Lockhart, and was all smiles as they posed for pictures in the castle’s quadrangle.

However, Sir Lewis was not all smiles over the weekend. On Sunday, rival Max Verstappen claimed his first Formula 1 world title after his season-long battle with Hamilton came down to a one-lap shoot-out in Abu Dhabi.

The deployment of the safety car after a late crash at the Yas Marina Circuit wiped out the lead Hamilton had built over his rival, and Verstappen had the advantage as he was using fresher tyres.

After the Red Bull driver stormed past Sir Lewis - who missed out on a fifth title in succession - the British racing star said on the car radio "This has been manipulated, man",

But he was later magnanimous in post-race interviews telling Sky Sports at the time: “Congratulations to Max and his team. I think we did an amazing job this year. Everyone back at the factory and here worked so hard in this most difficult of seasons.”

The 36-year-old becomes the fourth grand prix driver to be knighted after Sir Jack Brabham, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart, and the first to be awarded the honour while still competing.