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The Queen returns to work with an investiture at Buckingham Palace

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The Queen resumed her duties after the summer break at Balmoral, participating in an investiture at Buckingham Palace Thursday.

Although this was her first public engagement after coming back from Scotland, Her Majesty held a Council the evening of 8th October shortly after returning to Buckingham Palace.

Amongst the 62 men and women honoured in Thursday’s ceremony was a familiar face to many: Edward Grylls, otherwise known as Bear Grylls. He received an OBE from The Queen “for his services to young people in his position as Chief Scout and for his charity and media work.”

Grylls shared his thoughts on receiving his OBE and how Scouting helped his mental health in a video on the Royal Family Twitter account. In the message, he said that being outdoors and taking on challenges had improved his own mental health and that he was “so grateful for Scouting friendships and Scouting adventures.”

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“And The Queen has always been a huge supporter of Scouting,” he added. “From when – you know – she was involved at a young age and we’re just so grateful for her support and care for young people. What an amazing lady.” Holding up his medal with pride, he said, “Scouts and volunteers in the country, this is for you.”

Another honouree at Thursday’s investiture was Christopher Jewell, who was presented with The Queen’s Gallantry Medal. He was part of the British diving crew involved with the highly-publicised Thai football team rescue mission in 2018. Jewell helped to rescue the 12 boys and their football coach who were trapped inside the Tham Luang cave complex in Thailand.

Although many celebrities, members of the military, or business leaders are recognised at investitures, everyday heroes receive insignia from The Queen, too. Judith Harper of Gawcott, Buckinghamshire received her MBE Thursday for fostering nearly 100 children since 1994. Harper has helped many siblings stay together as a family in foster care and said, “There are so many foster carers out there … this is for all of us.”

Approximately 30 investitures are held throughout the year and awards are given out to “deserving and high-achieving people from every section of life.”

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Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.