The iconic South African swimmer has been awarded an honorary MBE by the British monarch for her services to Paralympic sport.
The queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, will present the award to Du Toit in Pretoria early next month.
“Natalie has achieved great success in her sport, demonstra-ting an ability to compete with the best in both Olympic and Paralympic disciplines at numerous international sporting events,” said British charge d’affaires in South Africa, Martin Reynolds.
“She has been an inspiration for a generation of Paralympians and we are delighted that her contribution has been recognised.”
Du Toit became the first amputee ever to qualify for the Olympics, where she was placed 16th in the 10km open water swim in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and has won 13 gold and two silver Paralympic medals.
“I find myself extremely humbled and honoured to be receiving this auspicious award,” said Du Toit in reaction to the announcement.
“To those that have made it possible, I thank you for believing in me and having stayed by my side.”