Malala all smiles as she meets Queen Elizabeth
AFPLONDON--Malala Yousafzai was reduced to fits of laughter on Friday by Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip as she met the royal couple at Buckingham Palace.
October 19, 2013, 12:42 am TWN
The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls' rights to an education, met Queen Elizabeth at a reception for youth, education and the Commonwealth.
The activist survived being shot in the head on her school bus on Oct. 9 last year and was sent for treatment to Britain, where she now lives.
Malala, accompanied by her father, gave the queen a copy of her autobiography, “I Am Malala,” telling her: “It is a great honor for me to be here, and I wanted to present you with this book.”
Accepting the gift, the 87-year-old monarch replied: “That's very kind of you.”
Malala told the queen, who is head of the Commonwealth, that she was passionate about every child around the world having a right to an education.
“Especially in this country as well,” she added.
“I have heard about many children that can't go to school, and I want to continue our work.”
Prince Philip, 92, joked that in Britain, people wanted their children to go to school to get them out of the house — a comment that left Malala covering her face in a fit of giggles.
The reception, in the palace's White Drawing Room, was attended by 350 guests from academic institutions around the world.