Malala Ditches School to Meet the Queen

Today in London, 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai was received by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace for educational advocacy.

In 2009, the Pakistani high school student was shot in the head and neck by a member of the Taliban on the school bus in an attempt to stop her from promoting her cause.

Malala survived, and was moved to Birmingham, England with her family for rehabilitation.  Since the shooting, Malala not only recovered, but managed to become a global phenomenon in the fight for women’s education.

The teen presented Her Majesty with a copy of her memoir, I Am Malala, during the Reception for Youth, Education and the Commonwealth.

Prince Philip, never one to fade into the wallpaper, managed to get in another gaffe for the books.

It’s one thing about children going to school,” Philip told Malala, according to CNN.  “They go to school because their parents don’t want them in the house.”