(LONDON) — Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani advocate for girls’ education, wouldn’t normally want to miss a day at school, but for Queen Elizabeth II, she was willing to make exception. Her Majesty invited Yousafzai to Buckingham Palace Friday for a reception for commonwealth, youth and education.
According to Huffington Post UK, the 16-year-old girl said she didn’t want to skip classes but she “had to miss school because I was meeting the Queen.”
Yousafzai said that though she was confused before meeting the Queen with all the rules that went into the encounter, she said Her Majesty was very friendly.
“When I met her it was quite good, and she was really nice,” the teen said. “She’s really nice and she talked to me in a friendly kind of way.”
Yousafzai, accompanied by her father Ziaddin, discussed the importance of education and presented a copy of her book to the Queen.
“It is a great [honor] for me to be here, and I wanted to present you with this book,” Yousafzai said, according to media reports.
Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban last October as she traveled home from school. Islamic fundamentalists, angered by her campaigning for girls’ right to attend school, had accused the girl of violating a strict form of Sharia Law.
After the attack in Pakistan, Yousafzai was sent to the United Kingdom for emergency surgery and has subsequently settled in the English city of Birmingham with her family.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN