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Malala Yousufzai spoke to the Queen about the importance of education when they met at Buckingham Palace.
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," before chatting with the teenager for a few moments.
She was reduced to laughter by a comment from the Duke, who quipped that in this country, 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.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for the right to an education, is expected to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace later today.
Malala, 16, has reportedly impressed Queen Elizabeth with her bravery and will attend the Commonwealth Universities and Education Reception at Buckingham Palace later this morning.
The memoirs of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for women's education rights, will be published today.
Malala was treated at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital in Birmingham and has since become a world symbol for peaceful protest.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban last year, has been presented with a Pride of Britain award by David Beckham.
Handing Malala, the Teenager of Courage Award in London, the football icon said: “You’re an amazing young lady..I’m privileged to present this award to you.”
Malala was nominated by members of the public for her courage in campaigning for access to education for girls.
As she received the award, the 16-year-old said: "It is an honour for me that I am receiving this award from your hands."
Malala Yousafzai has spoken of her experience of settling into her new life in Birmingham.
"I was feeling a little bit embarrassed and worried... the school was quite different compared to school in Pakistan," she said.
She said she was particularly surprised at the level of freedom afforded to women.
"It was difficult to adjust to this new culture and society, especially for my mother, because we have never seen that women would be that much free, that they would go to any market, they will be going alone.
"In our country, if you want to go outside, you must go with a man.
"If even your five-year-old brother goes with you it's fine, but you must have someone else, a girl cannot go outside all alone."
A Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls to have access to education has been tipped for the Nobel Peace Prize.
"I have Malala Yousafzai on top," Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of Oslo-based peace research institute PRIO, told reporters ahead of the annual awards that start today.
Speaking to the BBC's Panorama programme, the 16-year-old said of the prospect:
"If I win Nobel Peace Prize, it would be a great opportunity for me, but if I don't get it, it's not important because my goal is not to get Nobel Peace Prize, my goal is to get peace and my goal is to see education of every child."
The Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban believes British girls take their education for granted.
Malala Yousafzai, who now lives in Birmingham, was campaigning for female education in Pakistan before being shot.
She told the BBC: "Yes I believe that [girls take education for granted], and I want to tell the students of UK to think that it is very precious, it's very prestigious, go to school."
"Reading a book, having a pen in our hands, studying, sitting in a classroom is something very special for us."
This week, marks a year since Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls to be educated.
Now, the 16-year-old - who spent weeks in intensive care - has become a global icon as she continues her fight for access to education.
She told BBC Panorama's Malala: Shot for Going to School programme, "I want to do something for education, that's my only desire."
Despite her high-profile, she insists: "I am still the old Malala. I still try to live normally but yes, my life has changed a lot".
When asked her thoughts of the militants who targeted her, she said: "I think they may be regretting that they shot Malala. Now she is heard in every corner of the world."
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' education, has received a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award from David Beckham.
He told the 16-year-old: "You're an amazing young lady, a very special young lady, and your story has moved millions of people around the world.
"I'm so privileged and honoured to present this award to you."
Malala said: “It is such an honour to receive this award. It will help me continue my campaign.”
The Pride of Britain awards will be screened on ITV at 8pm on Tuesday
The news that Malala Yousafzai has been invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen has fuelled speculation she could be named winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Bookies are now offering odds of two-to-one that the youngster, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for her campaigning on girls' educational rights, will take home the prestigious award when it is announced on Friday.