Malala Yousafzai continues her journey with world elites after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban. She spoke to the Queen about the importance of education when they met at Buckingham Palace.
The 16-year-old was shot in the head in Pakistan last October after campaigning for the right of girls to go to school without fear, in a part of the country where Islamic fundamentalists were trying to impose a strict form of Sharia law.
Malala was one of the guests at a reception for commonwealth, youth and education hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday.
She was reduced to laughter by a comment from the Duke, who quipped that in the UK, people want children to go to school to get them out of the house. Malala covered her face while in a fit of giggles at his joke.
The teenager, accompanied by her father Ziauddin, gave the Queen a copy of her book, I Am Malala, during their meeting in the palace’s White Drawing Room, telling her: “It is a great honour for me to be here, and I wanted to present you with this book.”
Accepting the gift, the Queen replied: “That’s very kind of you.”
Malala told the Queen she was passionate about every child having a right to an education, everywhere around the world.
She added: “Especially in this country as well.
“I have heard about many children that can’t go to school, and I want to continue our work.”
Ziauddin Yousafzai also spoke to the Queen and Duke about their past visits to his home country.
Malala was flown from Pakistan to the UK for emergency treatment after the attack. Surgeons who treated her said she came within inches of death when the bullet grazed her brain in the attack on a school bus.
She was treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and has now settled in the city with her family. Since the attack, she has addressed the United Nations and been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She also recently met US President Barrack Obama and his wife at the White House.
Princess Beatrice and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were also present at the reception, attended by 350 guests from academic institutions around the world.
It included a performance from the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and choir.