Malala Yousafzai meets Queen Elizabeth at palace
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 23:10
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani female education proponent who gained international attention since being shot by Taliban militants last year, met Queen Elizabeth II Friday.
The Queen and Prince Philip invited Yousafzai to a reception at Buckingham Palace. She was accompanied by her father, Ziauudin Yousafzai. Malala presented the Queen with her memoir, “I am Malala.”
Malala said she hopes she can work together with the Queen to ensure all children can receive an education. She said she wants to focus not only on Pakistan but on the United Kingdom as well.
Malala has been residing in Britain since she was taken there to undergo major surgery after the Taliban shot her in the head in an attempt to deter her efforts to promote girls’ education in Pakistan.
The meeting with the Queen has not been the only high-profile meet and greet she has experienced this week. Last Friday, Malala met President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the White House to celebrate the International Day of the Girl.
The day prior, Malala won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which was awarded by the European Parliament.