Television duo Ant and Dec have said they hope to inspire youngsters from working-class backgrounds after they were honoured for their contribution to entertainment.

The presenting double-act collected their fourth award of the week as they received OBEs at Buckingham Palace, after picking up three prizes at the National Television Awards on Wednesday, including the TV presenter award for the 16th year in a row.

Despite building their career based around being a partnership, the pair were separated briefly on Friday as they went to receive their awards from the Prince of Wales, under their real names, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

After receiving the accolade, Donnelly said: “You don’t expect things like this to happen to lads like us from the west end of Newcastle, so it’s a huge honour.

“We’re humbled and honoured and ecstatic about the whole thing. We hope it can inspire young people from backgrounds like ours that things like this do happen to us sometimes. Put your head down and work hard and you can achieve what you want.”

After being reunited with his on-screen partner of almost 30 years, McPartlin said: “It’s normally me that goes first and when they called Dec’s name I thought, ‘I’ll watch what he does’. Twenty minutes apart, it’s a long time … it was weird.”