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Prince William shows sign language skills at the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony

Today the Duke of Cambridge smiled at Buckingham Palace as he honored the stars of sport, politics and television during a special investiture ceremony.

William skillfully put aside the stress of a difficult week that saw him accused of bullying his younger brother Harry and rushing to Sandringham for family talks in crisis.

At a particularly poignant moment at today’s red carpet event, the father of three showed his sign language skills while awarding an MBE to television interpreter Alex Duguid.


Duguid has spent the past three decades helping broadcasters communicate with a deaf audience, becoming the face of the British sign language (BSL) of Emmerdale and Coronation Street of ITV.

Duguid received recognition for services for the deaf and BSL education (PA Wire / PA Images)

Today, the second in line to the throne enunciated “congratulations, Alex” with slow and steady BSL finger gestures.

The TV star seemed happy as she received her insignia for hearing impaired services and BSL education, answering “thank you” in response.

The royal presentation also saw Theresa May’s Brexit negotiator Duke Oliver Robbins and former British cricket captain Andrew Strauss.

He was also seen sharing a joke while gong rapper MIA, Scottish composer Anna Meredith and BBC golf expert Ken Brown.

Rapper and singer MIA – the real name Mathangi Arulpragasam has become an MBE (PA)

Around 30 investments take place each year, with over sixty recipients participating in each ceremony.

Honors range from MBE, OBE and knights, to Cavalry Orders and Orders of Merit.

Today’s recipients included actor Griffith Rhys Jones, veteran custodian William Foster, 82, and Margaret Foster, 74, and FA Vice President David Gill.

David Gill shows his CBE for football services (PA)

The Duke expressed his concern for his beloved football team, Aston Villa, to Mr Gill after introducing him to his CBE for sports services.

Former Manchester United CEO said: “I have been lucky enough to meet (William) a few times and talk about football, he was more worried about Aston Villa and how it will end this season.

“We had a good chat about football, he is a passionate follower.”

Camilla presents an honorary degree to her sister-in-law Anne (PA)

Meanwhile in Scotland, another special recognition has been given, this time to the Royal Princess.

Anne, who is involved with 300 charities in the UK and abroad, has earned an honorary degree for her service life.

Her sister-in-law Camilla awarded her the honor – a doctor of law – at the Elphinstone Hall of the University of Aberdeen on Tuesday.

The queen’s only daughter undertook her first public engagement at the age of 18 and has since taken on one of the busiest work schedules of any member of the royal family.

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