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Laughs at the Palace as Julia Donaldson’s hat blows away as she collects CBE from Prince William

There were laughs at Buckingham Palace on Thursday morning after a sudden gust of wind blew Julia Donaldson’s hat away as she collected her CBE from the Duke of Cambridge.

The best-selling children’s author was awarded a CBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List for her services to literature.

The author, who is behind classic stories including The Gruffalo, Stick Man and Zog, was Children’s Laureate between 2011-2013.

Speaking a few months ago when the news of her honour was announced, Julia said: “I am delighted to receive this honour, and regard it as an acknowledgement of the dedication of all those who work in the world of children’s books – the authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, librarians, teachers and organisations and charities that promote the enjoyment of reading.

“I also want to take this occasion to highlight how the access of children throughout our country to reading and libraries is endangered with libraries shutting and the jobs of many professional librarians lost. This trend needs urgently to be reversed if we want today’s children to have the same opportunities my generation had to become widely-read, informed and imaginative adults.”

As well as being honoured with a CBE, Julia was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to literature.