Schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, has had an historic week, which could be capped off by the Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala Yousufzai, the 15 year old shot in the head by the Taliban, has been reunited with her friend who was injured in the same attack.
Malala Yousafzai announced the first grant from the charity fund set up in her name, with support from Angelina Jolie.
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.
The Queen has invited the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived being shot by the Taliban to visit her in Buckingham Palace.
She was reportedly impressed by Malala Yousufzai's bravery and has taken a keen interest in her recovery at a Birmingham hospital.
She has been invited to a reception for Youth, Education and the Commonwealth, being hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on October 18.
The Queen even phoned Pakistan's high commissioner to the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, to ask about her state of health, the Sunday Times reports.
Malala's book, which includes her first full account of her attack almost exactly a year ago, is being published on Tuesday. A Palace spokeswoman said:
"We understand that Malala Yousafzai will be attending the Commonwealth Universities and Education Reception at Buckingham Palace."
Singer Beyoncé has shown her support for the schoolgirl shot by the Taliban after promoting women's education rights.
In a message to Malala Yousafzai on Instagram Beyoncé wrote:
"Your bravery and perseverance has touched the world. You are the true definition of a Survivor [sic]. All my love and respect."
Malala now lives in Birmingham after being treated in the city. On her 16th birthday on Friday she gave a speech to the UN calling on education for all people.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban and then brought to Birmingham to recover, is celebrating her 16th birthday today.
This afternoon, she made a speech at the United Nations in New York, and handed in a 300,000 signature petition, demanding access to education for girls across the world.
Chris Halpin reports.
The United Nations should "wage a global struggle against illiteracy and poverty", Malala Yousafzai said today in a keynote speech urging leaders to do more to ensure every child gets the right to free education.
Malala said: "One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world."
Malala ended her remarks with: "One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world." #MalalaDay
Malala Yousafzai marked her 16th birthday by delivering a speech at the UN headquarters in New York urging leaders to do more to ensure every child gets the right to free education. She thanked the UN leaders and said she was here to "speak up for the right education of every child".
She said: "It is an honour for me to speak again after a long time, being here with such honourable people. I fully support Mr Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General in his global education first initiative. And the work of the UN special envoy Mr Gordon Brown. I thank them for their leadership.
"They continue to inspire us all into action. Malala Day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman and every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.
"When I was shot weakness and fear died, and strength and power was born. The Taliban thought the bullet could silence us. But they failed".
Sarah Brown has said she is "so proud" that Malala Yousafzai is taking her campaign to promote girls' education to the United Nations.
The wife of the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has been working with Malala and her father, as part of her work to bring attention to global education campaigns.
Mrs Brown told the Evening Standard: "What is so moving about Malala’s story is that, in spite of all the odds, she has kept on fighting not just for her own education but for the education of all children in Pakistan, and beyond.
"I’m so proud that she will lead 500 of these young voices in taking her campaign to the highest level at the UN."