England skipper Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower received OBEs at Windsor Castle for guiding the team to Ashes victory in Australia.
England beat Australia 3-1 -- their first Test series win in Australia for 24 years.
The captain and coach were presented on Tuesday with the honours by the Princess Royal, who is noted rather more for her love of equestrianism and Scottish rugby.
While Flower will now join the England One-day squad in India, Strauss's focus will soon turn to the Test series against Pakistan in January where England defend their World No1 crown.
"We don't prepare any differently but obviously we're the hunted rather than the hunters," The Telegraph quoted Strauss, as saying.
"There's a different mindset and we have to make sure we approach it in the same way we always have. The Princess Royal was talking about how busy the season is these days so she seemed up to speed on how everything was going," he said.
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