Eight-year-old Amber Clayton was among supporters, volunteers and staff from Diabetes UK who met Her Majesty, The Queen, Patron of Diabetes UK at a reception at St James's Palace last night.
Amber, who has Type 1 diabetes, was chosen to present a posy to the Queen because of her dedication to fundraising for Diabetes UK. Since she was diagnosed she has made and sold hundreds of badges in aid of the charity and held a fashion show at her school. Amber and her family travelled down from Middlewich in Cheshire to attend the reception, marking the 80th anniversary of Diabetes UK.
President of Diabetes UK, Richard Lane and Chairman, Sir Peter Dixon, accompanied The Queen, as she met with many friends and supporters of the charity. Diabetes UK's Vice President, Judith Rich, OBE, also showed The Queen a storyboard outlining the history of Diabetes UK, which was originally set up by RD Lawerence and the author H G Wells, both of whom had diabetes.
Well known faces present at the event included the manager of Liverpool Football Club, Brendan Rogers and his 19-year-old daughter, Mischa, who has Type 1 diabetes. The musician Mike Rutherford and his wife Angie also attended the event. Their son, Harry, has Type 1 diabetes and they were keen to lend their support.
Before dinner guests watched a compelling video featuring Amber's story and which also included the stories of other people with diabetes attending the event. The Maltese tenor, Joseph Calleja, serenaded the guests after dinner.