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Queen invites Malala Yousafzai to Buckingham Palace

The Queen has invited the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived being shot by the Taliban to visit her in Buckingham Palace.

The Queen has reportedly been impressed by Malala's bravery Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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 Yousafzai has reportedly been invited to visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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."

Seamstress, author, teacher, councillor and charity worker gets MBE

Alison Smith MBE recognised for services to sewing. Credit: ITV News Central

For nearly 40 years, Alison Smith from Ashby has made sewing her life and now she's been made an MBE.

Alison was nominated for the award from the Queen by her friends and students for her success and her determination to get more people to learn how to sew along with a few other interests that she manages to squeeze in around running her own sewing school.

Alison's book The Sewing Book sold over 173,000 copies worldwide but not only is she a seamstress, teacher and author; she also finds time to be a local councillor on North West Leicestershire District Council and Ashby Town Council.

Alison will collect her MBE from Buckingham Palace later this year.

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Five facts about Hilary Devey CBE

Businesswoman Hilary Devey has received a CBE from the Queen. The former star of Dragon's Den has strong links to the Midlands.

  • Hilary once worked at Littlewoods.
  • She runs Pall Ex, a Leicestershire based freight company.
  • She has an honorary degree from the University of Leicester.
  • Hilary lives near Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.
  • Hilary supports the Stroke Association after suffering a near fatal stroke in 2009.
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'Humble' Hilary Devey thanks fans for CBE messages

Former Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey said she is "so humble" to have received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Thanking her fans for their congratulations on Twitter, she wrote:

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Former Dragon 'flattered and flabbergasted' by CBE

Former Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey said she is "flattered and flabbergasted" after being awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The businesswoman, who made her fortune after launching freight haulage firm Pall-Ex, rose from humble beginnings as a Bolton girl who remembers the bailiffs calling when her father's central heating business went bankrupt.

Hilary Devey said she is 'flattered and flabbergasted' after being awarded a CBE. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Ms Devey who suffered a near-fatal stroke in 2009, also campaigns for a number of charities and is a patron of the Stroke Association and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

She said, "It is wonderful to receive such recognition, but this should be less about me, and more about the charities that I support and the amazing transport sector in which I am privileged to work".

Ms Devey dedicated her honour to the charities she has tried to support "as well as to the lorry drivers, forklift truck drivers and everyone else who works in the logistics sector: the unsung heroes of British industry".

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Queen's birthday honours - how they work

  • Knighthoods - Men are styled "Sir" and women "Dame" and are honoured "for having a major contribution in any activity, usually at national level."
  • CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) - Awarded for a "prominent but lesser role [than those awarded knighthoods] at national level."
  • OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) - Awarded for "having a major local role in any activity."
  • MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) - Awarded for "a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community."

Source: gov.uk

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Coronation first major international event broadcast on television

Queen is crowned at Coronation Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was the first major international event to be broadcast on television.

There was considerable debate in the Cabinet at the time about whether the ceremony should be filmed and Prime Minister Winston Churchill was against the idea, but the young Queen insisted on having the television cameras in.

1953 was the first year sales of television sets outstripped those of radios in Britain, with the Coronation thought to be the reason.

The RAF flew the film across to Canada so that audiences there could watch the event the same day - the first ever non-stop flights between Britain and the Canadian mainland.

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